George Groves set up a mouth-watering bout with Chris Eubank Jr after defeating Jamie Cox in the World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals on Saturday night.
The 29-year-old ended Cox’s 24-fight unbeaten record at Wembley Arena courtesy of a superb fourth-round knockout.
Groves, who is now undefeated since losing to Badou Jack in Las Vegas back in September 2015, finished off his fellow Briton with a devastating body shot.
It was the outcome that fight fans had been hoping for. It means 2018 will begin with a huge clash between the Hammersmith-born boxer and Eubank Jr, who defeated Turkey’s Avni Yildirim in three rounds last week.
"I was in tremendous form going into the tournament, it's another good win," Groves was quoted as saying by BBC Sport after the fight.
"I was landing big body shots on Jamie, in the end it was a right hook to the body, it's a crippling shot - I don't blame him for not getting up."
Video: Groves' knockout against Cox
You can watch Groves’ knockout here…
Eubank: Groves is going to get annihilated
Eubank Jr entered the ring after the fight and told ITV Sport: "It was a good fight, [Groves] did what he had to win, not too many cuts and bruises so it looks like we're on for January.
"Now we've got the super fight for the fans. That's what we wanted."
The 28-year-old was then interviewed by iFL TV. Asked what will happen when he meets Groves in January, Eubank Jr responded: “A knockout is polite with what’s going to happen to George Groves. He’s going to get annihilated.”
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Groves responds to Eubank Jr's threat
Groves was interviewed by the same YouTube channel a little while later and was told what Eubank Jr had said.
In response, Groves said: “I haven’t watched Eubank’s last fight. I saw the [Arthur] Abraham fight - I was ringside - I wasn’t really that impressed, to be honest.
“It was a step up for Abraham, on paper, and he was more nervous than I’ve seen him before. He was taking long breathers, lots of showboating.
“[Eubank] hasn’t boxed anyone at my level. He hasn’t boxed anyone who’s going to come in and give a great account of himself.
“I didn’t see the fight against Yildirim last week. There have been a couple of sparring stories about Yildirim but other than that… the footage I’ve seen of him online, not that great.
“On paper it was an impressive win but, like I say, he ain’t even boxed anyone like me and he’s going to have to make a big step up and some big adjustments.”
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Groves is confident - but Eubank Jr is favourite
Groves, who claims Eubank Jr “doesn’t stand a chance” if he boxes as well as he did against Cox on Saturday, is clearly confident that he can defeat his next opponent in the New Year.
The bookmakers, for what it’s worth, currently have Eubank Jr as the narrow favourite.
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