Groves takes his pick in the new race to make millions
GEORGE GROVES and Jamie Cox — room-mates way back in their penniless days on the England amateur team — will fight each other for millions when the World Boxing Super Series gets under way this autumn. Groves insulted Cox with one hand but gave him the opportunity of a lifetime with the other when they were reunited at Saturday night’s glitzy gala in Monaco which launched this new concept for the hard old game. The four seeds in the supermiddleweight division were given the privilege of picking their opponents from among the other quarter-finalists and Groves called Cox on to the stage. ‘Obviously I’ve chosen Jamie because I think he’s the easiest,’ said Groves. ‘At the same time, I’m handing him the opportunity to fight for a world title which he wouldn’t have got otherwise.’ Cox, an undefeated 30-yearold, will challenge Groves for his recently acquired WBA belt at London’s 02 Arena on October 14. Each will receive a seven-figure purse, with the winner going on to further riches in the semi-finals of what can be described as a knockout tournament, with a format that avoids any match-making haggles between promoters. In London on Saturday, Anthony Yarde took just 2min 35sec of his 12th pro fight to win the WBO European lightheavyweight title by knocking out Hungary’s Richard Baranyi.