More World Boxing Super Series tournament action this weekend – this time an all UK battle featuring George Groves. Get a preview here.
This Saturday, the World Boxing Super Series Super Middleweight (168 lb.) tournament marches on. Callum Smith and Chris Eubank, Jr. are in the semi-finals. Today’s match-up determines Eubank’s opponent when George Groves (26-3; 19 KO) faces Jamie Cox (23-0; 13 KO). The fight is for Groves’s “WBA Super World Super Middleweight Title”. Groves vs. Cox takes place this Saturday, October 14 in London. The card has a fight time of 2:00 p.m. ET. The show is on in the UK on ITV Box Office. WBSS cards now air in the US on Audience for the very, very limited number of people who get that, and you can visit worldboxingsuperseries for possible streaming options if they make them available.
How do these two stack up?
Groves: 29 years old | 5’11” | 72″ reach | orthodox stance
Cox: 31 years old | 5’11″ | 72″ reach | southpaw stance
What have these two done recently?
Groves: W – Fedor Chudinov (TKO) | W – Eduard Gutknecht (UD) | W – Martin Murray (UD)
Cox: W – Giorgi Kandelaki (PTS) | W – Ivan Jukic (TKO) | W – Lewis Taylor (TD)
How did these two get here?
Sitting at #3 on the Ring Magazine list, George Groves is the highest ranked fighter in the Super Middleweight bracket. Groves has been rising up the ranks in the UK for years, including a 2011 victory over James DeGale, but it was his 2013/14 two fight series with Carl Froch that really brought him to the next level on the international scene. He went 0-2 in those fights, though he was given a horrible stoppage in the first. Groves is 7-1 since in a mix of easy gimme fights and tougher match-ups. He comes in off a good win over Fedor Chudinov in May that finally gave him the world title that had previously eluded him in his fights with Froch and Badou Jack.
At 31 years old, Jamie Cox is actually the senior fighter here, but he certainly feels like the up and comer to Groves’s grizzled vet. At 24-0, Cox is undefeated, but it’s a rather hollow undefeated. He’s yet to take a serious step up in competition, mostly going against overmatched foes. In fact, of his 24 wins, only 4 have come against opponents coming in to the fight of a win. He also once defeated an opponent with a record of 13-134-5, which is… well, it’s something. Cox was once thought of as a prospect worth watching, but that was some time ago, and he hasn’t shown anything of note lately.
What can fans expect?
This is easily the worst quarterfinal fight in either of the WBSS tournaments. Groves is the best Super Middleweight in here, and he’s fighting someone who honestly should not be in the tournament at all. This is just here to set up Groves vs. Eubanks in what should be a huge fight for UK fans.
Prediction: George Groves, KO
Who should watch?
These WBSS fights have proven hard to track down – this one’s probably not worth a massive effort on your part.