Boxing from the Wembley Arena, Saturday 14th October
Two Brits fight for the WBA super middleweight world title at Wembley Arena on Saturday in George Groves and Jamie Cox. Exciting stuff, and a real thrill for followers of the domestic scene, but it’ll be a mere footnote on a super-fight if Groves gets the win expected of him.
As well as a world title bout – Groves defending – this also serves as a quarter-final match in the World Series Boxing, a contest throwing together the division’s biggest names. Beat Cox and Saint George Groves will face fellow Englishman Chris Eubank Jnr in the semi-final. We’ve got your attention now then.
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George Groves vs Jamie Cox – Fight Preview and Predictions
Eubank did his part with a stunning third round KO win over Turkish opponent Avni Yildirim in Germany last week. The 28-year-old puncher from Brighton extended his hot streak to 26 wins from 27 contests and now shows a 74% knockout average. Groves better watch out, but if we wants the fight, he must beat Jamie Cox.
Bookmakers have been rather disrespectful to the opponent, pricing this fight up like Groves has already won, traders, like most in the sport, looking beyond this contest towards the Eubank fight. Many believe that’s a dangerous move, but there’s no doubt 28-year-old Londoner Groves should be jolly. He goes into this with an impressive record of 26 wins against three defeats.
Of course, two of those losses came against Carl Froch in 2013 and 2014, stopped on both occasions – nine rounds and eight rounds. He pieced together a decent run of comeback wins, but ended on the wrong side of a split decision verdict vs Badou Jack in Las Vegas two years ago. A sore one to take, many thought he deserved the nod, but Groves dusted himself down to reel off five wins on the bounce.
Starting with the fifth round TKO of Andrea Di Luisa, Groves was last seen battering the well-respected Russian Fedor Chudinov into submission in six. The victor made a mockery of what was sold as a real 50/50, flexing his muscles to finally bag a world title. That form explains why Groves is currently no better than 888Sport’s 1/6. A 20th career win inside-the-distance is 5/6 (Sun Bets), or the points cheer’s there at 9/4 (Betfair).
Jamie Cox’s dreams of becoming a household name by winning the World Series Boxing will go up in smoke on Saturday, certainly if you take bookies and odds compilers at their word. But when did fighters ever pay attention to what number crunchers thought? Boxing history is littered with romantic big price upsets. Buster Douglas beat Mike Tyson in 1990 when most thought he shouldn’t be in there. Buster didn’t care, and neither will Cox.
George Groves vs Jamie Cox – Betting Tips
The outsider has reason enough to be confident, travelling to London with a perfect professional record, boasting 24 wins from as many starts, 13 by KO/TKO. The 31-year-old from Swindon was last seen beating Georgian also-ran Giorgi Kandelaki on points over four rounds in July, but that was meant as nothing more than to keep him sharp for this. Supporters will take encouragement from a 2011 points win over Obodai Sai which earned him the Commonwealth title.
Cox to beat Groves and catapult himself towards a money-spinning bout with Eubank would be the stuff of Hollywood, but it’s possible. Paddy Power lead the way for those wanting an interest on the bigger price, offering a market best of 5/1. Groves has been stopped twice before, Cox has a 54% knockout record. Put them together and you’ll get Cox by KO/TKO at 7/1 (bet365). The points win is 16/1 at Coral.
Groves is a worthy champion and a worthy favourite. He represents a real leap up in class for Cox, and one I really don’t think the fighting pride of Swindon will be able to cope with. Eubank beat his man last week courtesy of a stunning knockout, and I expect Saint George to go and match that. Perhaps not as early, but the 5/6 (Sun Bets) on Groves by KO/TKO is the best of our betting tips and big fight predictions. After a bit more? Chance your arm on the 21/10 (Betfair) Groves winning in rounds 7 – 12.