EDDIE HEARN believes Jamie Cox will shock the world on Saturday to become the new WBA super middleweight champion.
The 31-year-old faces George Groves at the SSE Arena in Wembley in the World Boxing Super Series quarter-final.
Hearn is confident his man can defy the odds, but must raise his levels to set up a semi-final showdown against Chris Eubank Jr.
When asked whether he believes if Cox can pull off an upset, Hearn exclusively told SunSport: “Yeah I do. I’t won’t be a surprise to us or people in boxing, it will be a surprise to the wider audience.
“People know about Jamie Cox, he’s a huge puncher, speak to people he’s sparred, but he’s got to do it in the ring, because he’s never boxed at this level.
“He won’t punch himself out because he’s very, very fit, but he’s definitely the smaller man in the fight there’s no doubt about that.
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“George is a very big super middleweight, but George hasn’t boxed a puncher since Carl Froch.”
Hearn then conceded the Swindon southpaw could fail to make the step up, he added: “It’s possible. He needs to box at a level he’s never boxed at before, but we know he’s capable of it, there’s no doubt he’s capable of it, it’s whether he an execute it.
“And if he can, I believe he wins on Saturday, but if he can’t execute it, he won’t beat someone like George Groves.”
Last weekend at the Manchester Arena, Anthony Crolla and Ricky Burns put on a fantastic display, with the former claiming a unanimous decision.
The promoter then revealed that the duo facing off again is a real possibility, he said: “The rematch in Glasgow makes sense, but like everything, they want to know how much they’re getting paid, how it all works out, Glasgow would come out for that fight – unquestionably.
“Do they want to take that fight or would they rather go and fight for a world title?
“I’m talking about Crolla particularly – Crolla’s won a world title so at this stage really in the closing chapters of their careers – the money is very important, the big fights and the big nights are important.
“But in defeat, Burns still has options and obviously Crolla does getting the win.”
Hearn then stated that featherweight contender Reece Bellotti is in line for crack a the British title should he defeat Jason Cunningham at York Hall on Friday.
He said: “Reece Bellotti is a very, very exciting young fighter – 10-0 with nine knockouts.
“I think the hardest puncher in the division, domestically, and I’m even talking about [Lee] Selby and [Carl] Frampton as a puncher.
“I think the British title should become vacant soon, it’s a tough division, but he’s ready.”
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