Thursday, November 23, 2017

Groves vs Cox Odds For Saturday’s Fight

Groves vs Cox Odds For Saturday’s Fight – The World Boxing Super Series 168 pound tournament continues this Saturday as George Groves (26-3) takes on Jamie Cox (24-0). The fight takes place at the Wembley Arena in London and it is the third quarterfinal bout of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight tournament.

“Saint” George Groves entered the WBSS tournament as the number one seed as he is coming off the biggest win of his career. Back in late 2013 and 2014 Groves became a box-office star in England as he fought a pair of high-octane fights against long-time champion Carl Froch. The second fight between the two saw them fill up Wembley Stadium in one of the biggest fights to ever take place on the British Isles.

Unfortunately for  Groves, he come up short in both of those fights and he also lost a subsequent world title fight against American Badou Jack. Since the September of 2015 loss to Jack, Groves has put together a strong five fight winning streak that culminated in his winning the WBA world title in his last fight, a sixth round stoppage win over Fedor Chudinov. The win gave Groves a world title that he had failed to win on three previous occasions. Now, instead of the gritty underdog, it is Groves who comes in with a target on his back.

And the 31 year old Cox is firmly locked on that target. Cox has exceled at every level on the British Isles throughout his career and it is time for him to step up and take a shot at the world level. Cox is an unorthodox southpaw who won the WBA’s Continental title in May when he beat Lewis Taylor. Cox also fought a pair of four round bouts in July to stay sharp so all indications are that he is giving this match-up the gravitas it deserves.

The two men do not like each other either. Groves, as the number one seed, was allowed to choose his opening round opponent and he chose Cox. Though Cox is happy for the opportunity and the shot at grabbing what Groves has directly, how would you feel if you were picked as a first round opponent? Groves does need to break through and win the tournament as a strong follow-up to his world title win.

In previous WBSS quarterfinal action, England’s Chris Eubank Jr stopped Avni Yilidrim in the third round of their bout on October 7th and back in September, Brit Callum Smith advanced via unanimous decision over Sweden’s Erik Skoglund. The last of the quarterfinal buts is scheduled for October 28th as undefeated American Rob Brant (20-0) travels to Germany to face longtime light heavyweight champion Jurgen Brahmer.

The WBSS is simultaneously running an eight man tournament in the 200 pound cruiserweight division. In that tourney, Ukranian Oleksandr Usyk, Latvia’s Mairis Briedis and Cuba’s Yunier Dorticos have all advanced to the semi-finals with victories and they await the winner of October 21st’s showdown between Murat Gassiev of Russia and Poland’s Kryzysztof Wlodarczyk in New Jersey.

Below are the odds for Saturday’s fight. The live event is promoted by Wilfried Sauerland and features a massive thirteen fight line-up. Check back as we get closer to fight day for more odds for the Wembley Arena show.

 

Wembley Arena – London, England
Super Middleweight 12 rounds –
Jamie Cox +475 9½ -140
George Groves -650 u9½ +120

 

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About Miguel Iturrate

Miguel Iturrate started in the MMA business in the crazy early days of the mid-nineties. He has match-made more than 100 MMA events in Japan, Brazil, Russia and all over the United States, and played an integral role in MMA’s early modern history. Through Hook 'n' Shoot, Florida’s AFC, the Euphoria shows and bodogfight, Iturrate has left an indelible mark on MMA history. He can also lay claim to a record that not even the UFC can by contracting 36 fights in three days.

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