George Groves V Jamie Cox Betting Preview : Can Groves set up a date with Eubank Jr?
Event Venue: SSE Arena, 22:00. Sky Sports.See Stats
Now that George Groves reigns as a world champion, how long is the ride going to last? It was fourth time lucky for Groves in gaining a super-middleweight strap in the first place, but now he is taking part in the World Boxing Super Series, Groves has three opportunities lines up to defend his title and prove he's the real deal. The first man in his way is unbeaten compatriot, Jamie Cox.
Jamie Cox is no newbie. He's 31-years-old, which is two years older than the champion, even if he has five fewer fights on his CV. Cox has a pristine record of 24 victories from all of his bouts and 13 of those have ended in 13 knockouts. Cox's career suffered from a brief spell in prison back in early 2016 - for which he was eventually totally cleared of and released - and he has gotten back on track with four wins since, including three this year alone. A big victory over Lewis Taylor back in May really punched his ticket to the World Boxing Super Series, but can he take the next step and dethrone Groves for his super middleweight world title? Since his return, Cox has signed up with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing stable and that is a clear indicator of his standing within British boxing. Hearn does not waste time and money on people who aren't going to make it back for him.
The perennial underdog, Groves has made a career out of being a nearly man in many eyes. It's incredible that he's still 29-years-old considering the major bouts that he has been in. Everybody remembers his pair of fights with Carl Froch and it could be said that he should have won the first fight. Leading on all the judges' scorecards after nine rounds, a flurry of punches from Forch saw the referee bring the fight to the close in what seemed in ultra quick fashion. After falling to a Badou Jack in another title fight, Groves showed great determination to beat Fedor Chudinov to the WBA super-middleweight title back in May. Everyone is looking at Groves to win this bout and set up a fight with the waiting Chris Eubank Jr. after his victory in the quarter-finals. Groves has won 19 of his 26 fights via knockout and his penchant for applying massive pressure on his opponents is normally how he does it.
Groves is the heavy favourite with the bookmakers, but Cox shouldn't be underestimated here. He's a talented boxer who is proven to find ways to win, but he doesn't have the big fight experience or the rounds that Groves does.
- 4 of Jamie Cox's last seven bouts have ended in the first round
- Geroge Groves won a world title at the fourth time of asking
- This will be Groves' first ever world title defence
- The winner of this bout will face Chris Eubank Jr
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