Press Release: WBA 168-pound super champion George Groves (26-3, 19 KOs) and Jamie Cox (24-0,13 KOs) went head-to-head at the last press conference before their World Boxing Super Series quarter-final on Saturday at The SSE Arena Wembley in London. ďI feel Iím in the [best] form of my career,Ē said Groves. ďThis tournament has come along for me at the perfect time. Iíve had a fantastic camp. Everything that we wanted to happen did happen. Itís gone perfectly. I know what Jamie Cox can bring. I know that we maybe havenít seen the best of Jamie yet because heís fought nowhere near the level that I have."
Groves continued: "He hasnít fought any big names, he hasnít been in world title fights and heíll have to take a giant leap on Saturday night. Both he and his trainer will wonder whether he can take that leap. When heís boxed at a lower level heís dropped to that level and maybe heís that sort of fighter. Maybe he can rise to the occasion but maybe not. Heís been gifted with a world title shot. He hasnít fought anyone decent to get this. Iíve picked him, itís fantastic for him. Weíre hoping that the best of Jamie Cox will show up. I look forward to going out and performing and performing well. And to show everyone in the division that Iím still the man to beat.Ē
Said Jamie Cox: ďIím going to win. Itís as simple as that. No question about it. Iíve come into this to win the tournament. George is the first stop. Iím ready. I donít know why he chose me. Everyone in the tournament is good, but Iím going to make my mark.Ē
Promoter Eddie Hearn:
ďIt is a big opportunity but itís not one Jamie Cox doesnít deserve. Jamie Cox has been wanting to become a world champion for a long time. Thereís been talk of a Chris Eubank Jr. vs. George Groves fight and weíre here to disrupt the plans.Ē
ďJamie Cox has been talked about for a long, long time as a great fighter, a great puncher. The world around the business is that Jamie is the real deal. Itís only when you step up to this level that you find out if itís true. And if it is true I believe he can win the world title on Saturday night.
The tournament is a massive opportunity and we thank Kalle Sauerland and the World Boxing Super Series for it. Now we have the opportunity thereís only one thing to do and thatís go and become world champion.Ē
George Grovesí trainer, Shane McGuigan:
ďGeorge Groves has always strived to be the best that he can be. Heís got a very confident attitude but heís still putting in all the graft. The camp has gone fantastic, itís been 12 great weeks.
Jamie Cox has been a pro for a long time and there are still question marks over his quality. He hasnít proven himself at the top level and maybe thereís a reason he hasnít stepped up to that level in the past.Ē
Jamie Coxís trainer, John Costello:
ďSize had no relevance that evening and it will certainly have no relevance on Saturday night. Jamieís ability and what he brings will be very relevant because weíre taking that WBC Super Championship home with us. Iíve said it before, but I like to repeat: George Groves made a big mistake when he picked Jamie Cox.Ē
Comosaís Chief Boxing Officer, Kalle Sauerland:
ďI am here with two absolute athletes. George Groves, the man to beat in the tournament. Heís the WBA super champion, the best super middleweight when one looks at all the names. Thatís why heís the number one seed. A lot of people are talking about a Eubank Jr. vs. Groves semi-final but Jamie Cox comes in with a nothing to lose situation. Heís an undefeated challenger and you have a storyline that you couldnít put into a Hollywood thriller.
Weíre lucky to be sitting here every week ringside at this great fights and this is no different.Ē