Groves takes his pick in the new race to make mil­lions

Daily Mail - - Tour De France - By JEFF POW­ELL

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.

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