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George Groves vs. Jamie Cox Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/14/17

Cox vs. Groves

Boxing: Saturday, October 14, 2017 (The SSE Arena)

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George Groves and Jamie Cox fight Saturday at The SSE Arena for the WBA Super World super middleweight title. 

George Groves enters this fight with a 26-3 record that includes 19 knockouts. Groves has won his last five fights, and he’s coming off a May win over Fedor Chudinov. Groves hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Badou Jack and will defend his belt for the first time. Groves is 29 years old, stands at 5’11”, has a 72 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Groves is a brawler in the ring who likes to throw combinations and throws punches with a purpose. Groves has stopped seven of his last 10 opponents and has knockout potential in both hands. Groves has good movement for a guy his size and could take less of a beating if he wanted to, but he always thinks he has the upper-hand if its going to be a battle of trading punches. Groves has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace. 

George Groves vs. Jamie Cox Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/14/17

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Jamie Cox enters this fight with a 23-0 record that includes 13 knockouts. This will be Cox’s fourth fight since 2016, and he’s coming off a July win over Ivan Jukic. Cox will face the biggest test of his career in this fight considering his best victories were against Obodai Sai and Martin Fidel Rios. Cox is a 31-year-old southpaw who stands at 5’11” and will box for the third time this year. Cox has been a pressure fighter throughout his career, always rushing his opponent and landing powerful, speedy combinations. Cox will downright bully his opponent if given the chance and is going to be the aggressor whenever he can be. Cox doesn’t waste much time breaking down his opponent and five of his last six victories have ended in stoppage. While he’s looked great, however, this will tell us a lot more about Cox’s boxing ability. Cox has fought most of his career in the United Kingdom, his birthplace.

With Cox’s style, he has a chance to win this fight. His rapid combinations and punching power is no joke and it takes just one round to turn this bout on its head. The problem is Cox has never boxed somebody as talented and seasoned as Groves, as this is a massive step up in competition and a quick turnaround considering he just boxed back in July. Cox is also carless defensively, as he tends to drop his hands, has little head movement and can be too focused on offense for long stretches. The more experienced Groves should be able to breakdown Cox in this bout.

Groves wins this fight.

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