Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Groves Must Be Ready for the Fighter Who Wants to Change His Life; Eubank Sr Warns Champion before His Clash with Man Who Was Convicted of Assault

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Groves Must Be Ready for the Fighter Who Wants to Change His Life; Eubank Sr Warns Champion before His Clash with Man Who Was Convicted of Assault

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Byline: John Dillon

GEORGE GROVES has been warned that he could be the victim of an upset at Wembley Arena on Saturday, with huge underdog Jamie Cox spurred on by a troubled past.

Groves, the WBA world champion, takes on the unbeaten but relatively unfancied Cox in the quarter-final of the new World Boxing Super Series of elimination "cup" fights.

The winner will meet IBO champion Chris Eubank Jr in the semifinal early in the New Year following his stunning third-round knockout of Turkey's Avni Yildirim in Stuttgart last weekend.

Though Groves is a 1-7 chance with bookmakers to beat Cox, Eubank's dad, Chris Sr, is far from underestimating the 31-year-old, who could face his son if successful.

He said: "Apart from my son, Chris Jr, Jamie Cox is the most dangerous man in the whole competition.

"He has the chance of redemption this weekend. George is a good champion. He does everything well. He has overcome a lot of adversity to get where he is. That is impressive. But Cox may be on a mission here. He has had troubles in the past and has been in prison.

"Now he has the chance to seize a world title and get a lifestyle that can take him away from all the hardships of life."

However Groves, the Hammersmith-based 29-year-old, is widely expected to prevail and set up a huge domestic showdown against Eubank Jr which could take place at an outdoor stadium, possibly Fulham's Craven Cottage football ground.

Cox (below), from Swindon, is undefeated in 24 fights and won the Commonwealth light-middleweight title in 2011.

But he has a chequered history after being convicted of assault outside a bar in his home town in 2010 and handed a six-month suspended sentence. He then served jail time early last year after again being convicted of assault during an attack on his ex-girlfriend.

However, he was released from prison in May 2016 and his conviction for assault was overturned following an appeal.

Cox's convictions for harassment, violence to secure entry and criminal damage were suspended.

Both Eubanks junior and senior will be at ringside on Saturday to study the potential opposition. …

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