Cox plans Groves up­set

Daily Star - - Boxing - ® by CHRIS McKENNA

UN­DER­DOG Jamie Cox will use Tyson Fury as his in­spi­ra­tion when he takes on Ge­orge Groves.

Cox chal­lenges the WBA su­per­mid­dleweight cham­pion to­mor­row in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the World Box­ing Su­per Se­ries at Wem­b­ley Arena.

The 31-year-old has been given lit­tle chance, with most ex­pect­ing Groves to cruise to vic­tory.

The talk this week has all been about when and where Groves will face Chris Eubank Jnr early next year. But Cox is out to spoil those plans and pointed to Fury’s 2015 up­set of for­mer WBA, IBF and WBO heavy­weight ti­tle-holder Wladimir Kl­itschko.

“I can un­der­stand it, he’s the world cham­pion and the odds will favour Ge­orge, but so did they when Tyson beat Kl­itschko,” said Cox.

“And Fury handed out a box­ing les­son that night. So it’s a big fight. Will I hand out a box­ing les­son? What­ever comes my way, we’re ready.”

Cox’s in­clu­sion in the mon­eyspin­ning tour­na­ment has raised a few eye­brows, de­spite a record of 24 fights with­out de­feat.

A tal­ented am­a­teur, he won gold at the 2006 Com­mon­wealth Games.

But a se­ri­ous hand in­jury, an as­sault con­vic­tion in 2010 and then a spell in prison last year be­fore he was re­leased on ap­peal and his con­vic­tion over­turned, have all stalled his ca­reer.

Now he is look­ing to fi­nally ful­fil his child­hood dream to be­come world cham­pion.

“When I was a kid, what in­spired me to be a boxer was to be­come a world cham­pion,” the Swin­don man said.

“I don’t dwell on the past about any­thing, it’s all about the fu­ture.”

BIG CHANCE: Jamie Cox says he can fol­low Tyson Fury and pull off an up­set world ti­tle win

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