Press Release: England's George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) says size matters and predicts a stoppage win over domestic rival Jamie Cox (24-0, 13 KOs) in their World Boxing Super Series quarter-final contest on Saturday at The SSE Arena Wembley in London. Groves will be making a first defence of the WBA 168-pound super championship he claimed with a sixth-round TKO victory over Fedor Chudinov on May 27th. "The Saint" is confident of retaining his belt and landing a semi-final spot against another Brit, Chris Eubank Jr., who destroyed Avni Yildirim last Saturday in Stuttgart.
ďIíve always done well against guys Iím naturally bigger than,Ē said the 29 year-old from Hammersmith. ďJamie is not so big so if he comes in heavy, he is going to be slow. He fights at middleweight and could probably even make [junior middle] if he needed to. He has had to bulk up to get to the super middleweight division. I donít. I could never make middleweight. I have to have a full camp to make super middleweight. I make it and I make it well. Iím physically strong and on point when Iím there, but I couldnít do anything lighter. Size is going to be very important on the night and I believe Iíll end the fight before the distance.
ďJamie is a fit lad and he trains hard. That will increase his powers of recovery so if he does get buzzed or wobbled heís more likely to be able to ride the storm. Martin Murray was similar. He wasnít as big as me. He couldnít find his range and I was landing big heavy shots on him. I couldnít get rid of him that night. Maybe I could if I had applied myself more, but I didnít need to, I was in full control."
Groves continued, ďagainst Jamie, Iím going to land even cleaner. He doesnít have the boxing brain Martin Murray does. I donít think he will be able to negate his way through difficult situations. Once I set a few traps and he falls for them, Iím going to land big shots and heís going to go.Ē
Cox, however, believes it will be a matter of hunger and not size.
ďGeorge Groves has been eating lobster, while Iíve been eating crisp sandwiches,íí he says. ďWe live completely different lives. Iím the hungrier fighter. This is a big opportunity for me and Iím going to take it. Iím feeling good, Iím ready and Iím looking forward to the occasion."
Tickets for George Groves vs. Jamie Cox at The SSE Arena Wembley are available via https://www.ssearena.co.uk/