George Groves will put his WBA title on the line against countryman Jamie Cox in the first domestic bout of the World Boxing Super Series
SUPER middleweight George Groves will face Jamie Cox at the World Boxing Super Series on October 14.
The bout between Hammersmith-born Groves and Cox, from Swindon, will be the first domestic clash of the series.
Top seeded Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) will put his WBA World title on the line against the undefeated Cox (23-0, 13 KOs) in what’s already been called the ‘Battle of Britain’.
The fight will take place at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London.
Groves, 29, claimed the WBA belt with a sixth-round stoppage over Fedor Chudinov on May 27 at Bramall Lane, Sheffield – after three previous failed attempts to claim the title.
The quarter-final clash with Cox will be the maiden defence of his crown, but Groves is far from nervous.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started,’’ said Groves. “I’m already in the gym plugging away and I’ve got plenty of time to prepare.
“The SSE Arena has always been a happy hunting ground for me. I’ve had many good nights there, and I’m looking forward to fighting there again on October 14th.”
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He added: “It’s my first World title defence, my first fight in the World Boxing Super Series, an all-British affair and hopefully something everyone is going to be excited about.
“I’m happy with my choice of opponent … Jamie is the guy I know the most about.
“I know about his background, I know how he trains, I know who he trains with, but most importantly, I know the things you need in this tournament, such as composure and experience at the highest level, he’s lacking.
“I’ve got them in abundance, but he’s brand new, he’s a total novice. I don’t think he’s even headlined his own show yet and he’s getting flung in the deep end with me.
“This is a big pressure fight for him and I think he’ll struggle to cope.”
Groves selected Cox as his first round opponent at the live Super Series Draft Gala on July 8 in Monaco.
Cox, 30, is confident he can dethrone his domestic rival and move a step closer to claiming the Super Series’ Muhammad Ali Trophy.
“I’m really excited for this fight,” he said. “To win a World title on the way to fighting for the Muhammad Ali Trophy would be a huge honour.
“I’m glad George picked me. I was prepared for anyone but I was hoping for a UK fight so I can’t wait. George is a tough opponent. He has some good attributes but I’m prepared to shock everyone.
“This is what I’ve been working towards all my career, and to be a part of something this big is amazing. Now I’m here, I’m ready to capitalise on it and win my first World title and progress to the semi-finals.”
In the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle it out in a bracket-style elimination tournament.
In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September/October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.