George Groves beating Jamie Cox by fourth round knockout probably sounds about right to you if you didn’t see the fight, a result more or less as expected, but Groves had to battle to get the victory in a fun World Boxing Super Series brawl.
Groves (27-3, 20 KO) started well enough in the opening round, but Cox (24-1, 13 KO) did tag him with a good left hand late in that first frame, and from there, Cox brought the fight to Groves, pressing him constantly and looking to make it a proper tear-up.
Cox had some success, a little wild and sloppy at times, but pretty much constantly in Groves’ grill, making Groves fight hard in return.
It was a body shot that ended things in the fourth, a perfectly placed and timed right hand shot to the ribs that dropped the challenger. Referee Steve Gray counted Cox out there.
“He had very good boxing. I can handle his power, but he placed the shot very well,” Cox said after the fight. “I’m an aggressive fighter, and I think George made me over-commit on the aggressiveness.”
“I knew Jamie would ask questions, I knew he was tough. I trained alongside him 10, 12 years ago, I knew what he was about,” said Groves, who retained his WBA super middleweight title.
“Since working with Shane McGuigan I’ve had four stoppages, three on body shots,” he added. “Don’t give me an opening to the body.”
Groves will now move on to the World Boxing Super Series semifinal, where he’ll face Chris Eubank Jr (26-1, 20 KO) in what will be a highly anticipated bout in January 2018.
“It was a good fight. He did what he had to do to win. Not too many cuts and bruises, so it looks like it’s on for January,” Eubank said in the ring. “He did what he had to do. He was a little more experienced, timed his shots right, and now we’ve got the super fight for the fans.”