By Terence Dooley
London’s George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) already has Chris Eubank Jr. in his sights despite not yet opening his World Boxing Super Series account. “The Saint” meets Swindon’s Jamie Cox (24-0, 13 early) at London’s Wembley Arena on Saturday night in a fight that he believes is his for the taking, and one that will set him up for a semi-final match-up with Eubank, who beat previously undefeated Avni Yildrim by third-round KO in Stuttgart on Saturday night.
“When I win on Saturday it sets up the semi-final brilliantly,” said Groves when speaking to the Metro. “The promoters are the ones having a great time with this. I know it'll be Eubank I'm facing after I win on Saturday and that's a fight that will sell a lot of tickets.”
Cox, though, will hope to upset the odds and tip over the applecart by scoring an upset win. Few people within the trade are backing him, but he does have some support from an unlikely corner after Chris Eubank Sr. warned Groves that, his son aside, Cox is the “most dangerous man in the tournament”
“He has the chance of redemption this weekend,” Eubank Sr. said when speaking to John Dillon of the London Evening Standard and alluding to Cox’s two criminal convictions.
“George is a good champion. He does everything well. He has overcome a lot of adversity to get where he is...But Cox may be on a mission here. He has had troubles in the past and has been in prison.”
Twice convicted of assault, one outside a bar in 2010 and the other against his ex-girlfriend last year, the 31-year-old challenger has long been talked of as one of the best gym fighters around yet has not brought his sparring form into his fights thus far in his career.
A messy, foul-filled win over Obodai Sai for the Commonwealth light-middleweight title in 2011 left British boxing fans cold. Indeed, many believe that Groves made a great move by selecting Cox as his first foe for his opening fight of the tournament.
Cut in the second and the sixth, Cox had a point deducted in the fifth and another in the 12th for low blows before securing a 115-113, 114-112 and 114-113 decision over Sai, a verdict that was met with boos from the crowd at Mayfair’s Hilton Hotel.
A vast improvement on that and other recent performances will be needed if he is to take the title that his 29-year-old opponent won by stopping Fedor Chudinov in six at Bramall Lane in May.
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