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George Groves warned of Jamie Cox threat as he prepares for first defence of WBA super-middleweight title –

#8220;Jamie#8217;s doing the right thing: he#8217;s kept his mouth shut, which is unlike him. He#8217;s done a good job of composing himself.

#8220;I don#8217;t think he#8217;s picked Jamie because he#8217;s the easiest opponent. It didn#8217;t surprise me: George likes a challenge, wouldn#8217;t want to face Eubank straight away, and except from Callum Smith, the other opponents aren#8217;t English.

#8220;I#8217;m not too concerned or nervous about going back,#8221; said Groves, 29. #8220;I#8217;ve been there many times before. I can do my final week of camp in my own gym; will sleep in my own bed the night before.#8221;

Groves makes the first defence of his title in both fighters#8217; first match-up of the World Boxing Super Series at Wembley Arena on Saturday night, having chosen to face Cox when as top seed he was given first pick at the competition#8217;s draw.

#8220;George has a world-class right hand; I had Jamie, at 4-0, sparring big heavyweights, he never had a problem with them, he has a great chin.

#8220;After the first three rounds you#8217;ll be able to tell who#8217;s going to win. If George comes out settled: he#8217;s got one of the most educated jabs in the world, will make you want to dip under it, and then when you dip he#8217;ll drill you with the right hand. He#8217;s definitely the favourite and deserves to be.

#8220;I would have had him doing more work psychologically on Jamie. I wouldn#8217;t have suggested he pick Jamie, but it#8217;s not a bad pick.

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