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George Groves explains why he didn't watch Chris Eubank Jr's fight vs Avni Yildirim

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Chris Eubank Jr. will sit back and relax on Saturday night as he watches George Groves take on Jamie Cox at the Wembley Arena.

Eubank defended his IBO super middleweight belt against Avni Yildirim in the quarter-final of the Muhammad Ali Trophy - an eight-man tournament involving the best 12st boxers in the world.

And he will now fight the winner of the Groves vs Cox fight in the semi-finals.

Eubank will no doubt be watching closely as he attempts to get some important information on his potential opponent.

It’s something that Groves could have been doing last week when Eubank took to the ring.

However, Saint George explains why he decided not to watch Eubank destroy Yildirim in three rounds in Stuttgart.

Why Groves didn't watch Eubank

"I didn't watch Eubank's fight last weekend, I just had my head down, focusing on this fight. The fight (with Cox) is just as big for me as the Eubank fight," Groves said.

"One doesn't supersede the other. The tournament has got people excited, but I'm just focused on myself. If you take the eye off the ball you get in trouble. I might have done that in the past. I definitely don't want to overlook anyone or any fight because it has taken so long to get to this point. I'm in this tournament as the number one seed. That's how I want to finish it."

George Groves and Jamie Cox Media Workout

Very sensible from Groves but surely a little watch of the Eubank fight would have given him a slight advantage ahead of the potential bout.

Then again, he could always watch it back if he gets past Cox.

Groves won't underestimate Cox

But there’s certainly no way Groves will be underestimating the unbeaten 31-year-old.

"We haven't seen what Cox has got to offer because he's still unbeaten and he's yet to reach any sort of higher level," explained Groves. "He's still fighting around the fringe domestic level. If he wasn't in this tournament he'd be fighting Rocky Fielding for the British title. That would be his biggest fight to date.

"He doesn't say much but that's because he can't really say much. We'll find out whether he's out of his depth or not. I believe he is. If they haven't made that step up when they've been a pro for as long as he has there's normally a reason for it.

George Groves and Jamie Cox Media Workout

"Sometimes you dampen your potential and knock the goodness out of yourself by boxing at a lower level for so long, which is what he's done. He will have to rise numerous levels. Let's see if he and his team are capable of it. It's a new experience for them too."

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