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Summary

  1. Groves wins with fourth round knockout, fights Chris Eubank Jr in the World Boxing Super Series semi-finals
  2. Groves has won 27 of his 30 professional fights, Cox loses for the first time in 25 bouts
  3. Groves successfully makes the first defence of his WBA world super-middleweight title
  4. Get involved: #bbcboxing

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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Groves wins with fourth round knockout in Super Series

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Alex Bysouth's report is live on our boxing pages as WBA super-middleweight champion George Groves defeats Jamie Cox in the World Boxing Super Series quarter-final with a brutal body shot in the fourth round doing the damage.

We will end our live text there, so thanks as always for joining us and we will see you again soon.

Bellew tips Smith to win Super Series

Some quotes from former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, who will be looking for a second heavyweight win over David Haye when the pair meet in December.

Bellew enjoyed the action but tips fellow Liverpudlian Callum Smith to be the overall winner of the World Boxing Super Series event.

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Sauerland excited at 'mega fight'

George Groves wins by fourth round knockout, fights Chris Eubank Jr next

Promoter Kalle Sauerland has his say on the upcoming Groves v Eubank fight.

"It is the fight everyone wanted, it is a super fight, a mega fight and we are going to find the right platform for it. It will be in January or February it will be in Britain."

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'Eubank not big enough to beat me'

George Groves wins by fourth round knockout

Chris Eubank Jr gets into the ring, to give the occasion a bit more spice.

Groves is asked what he thinks of his next opponent. He says: "Eubank has been one of my sparing partners, he knows what I am about. It was not too tough tonight, I'm still fresh. Eubank has never boxed anyone like me, he has the momentum but has not fought someone like me."

Eubank is asked what he thinks of Groves' performance. "It was a good fight, he did what he had to do, not too many cuts and bruises so we are on for January," said Eubank.

"It was a nice body shot. Respect to Jamie Cox, Groves had that more experience. Now we have the super fight for the fans. Sparing is history, what matters is what he does in January. I think I'm the number one seed in my mind."

"Eubank is just not big enough to beat me," concludes Groves.

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'It was a crippling shot, I knew he wouldn't get up'

George Groves wins by fourth round knockout

And now let's hear from the winner, George Groves, who tells ITV Box Office: "I want to say thank you to everyone who came here tonight. I was boxing another Briton so I was expecting the crowd to be split.

"I picked him (in the draw) because I believe he was the most dangerous of the unseeded fighters. I knew he was tough, I trained alongside him 12 years ago, I knew what he was about and I didn't want an easy fight. Roll on to the next dude, whoever that is.

"I was landing big body shots the whole night, I knew his power of recovery was good. It was a crippling shot, I knew he would not get up. Don't give me a chance to make a shot to the body, you won't get up."

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'I made a mistake and he made me pay'

George Groves wins by fourth round knockout

First off, let's hear from the beaten fighter Jamie Cox. He tells ITV Box Office: "Groves placed the shot greatly, he is a very good champion, I knew that.

"I made a mistake and he made me pay. It was a great fight up to then, I was coming into the fight and he landed one to the body. I thought he would be stronger. I could handle his power, but he placed the shot very well."

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George Groves wins by fourth round knockout

Some fiery interviews going on at the moment.

BreakingGroves wins by fourth round knockout

No, he can't. George Groves wins it to retain his WBA Super-Middleweight Championship and move into the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series.

Cox aimed to throw a left hook, it didn't do any damage and left open his body for a counter. Groves throws a crushing, accurate right into the ribs of Cox, who falls to his knees and he can't beat the count.

Groves wins.

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Cox down in fourth

Well, it had been a good start to the round by Cox, but Groves attacks and lands a brutal right to the body.

Cox crumples to his knees. Can he get up in time?

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Round 4: George Groves v Jamie Cox

Jamie Cox lands a left hook, and then another with Groves, not for the first time tonight, forced back on to the ropes.

It is a better round from Cox so far, after he may well have seen the third slip away from him.

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Round 3: George Groves v Jamie Cox

A frantic, thrilling opening nine minutes at Wembley Arena. Cox has certainly given Groves plenty to think about, but has also left himself open to a number of shots from Groves.

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Round 3: George Groves v Jamie Cox

Jamie Cox attacks but walks into a beautiful right uppercut from George Groves.

Seconds later Cox is on the canvas, but no punch was thrown and he just lost his balance. No knockdown.

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'Great start'

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Round 2: George Groves v Jamie Cox

Success for Groves, who lands with a straight right and another left hook.

Referee Steve Gray separates them as they nearly clash hands. Great stuff so far from both men. This will not go the distance if this carries on.

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Round 2: George Groves v Jamie Cox

Cox looks the happier of the two men and lets out a smile. This is not what we expected. Cox has landed the better shots so far, midway through the second.

Round 2: George Groves v Jamie Cox

The challenger may well have done enough to win the opener after that flurry of lefts late in the round.

On to round two and Cox, buoyed by his success in the first round, lands with an excellent left hook. Groves forced back into the corner.

George Groves v Jamie Cox
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Round 1: George Groves v Jamie Cox

Cox lands with two powerful left hands to rock Groves back on to his heels. Great shots from the underdog. Groves fights back later in the round.

"He hasn't got an engine," Cox is told by his corner.

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Round 1: George Groves v Jamie Cox.

Groves takes up an early position in the centre of the ring, popping out the left jab. Cox dances forward trying to land with the straight right, but Groves jumps backwards looking to counter with the right hook.

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Let's go

Here we go. Chris Eubank Jr watches on ringside. He fights the winner in January. Who will that man be?

British officials in the ring and ringside

We have an-all British list of officials, with Steve Gray the referee and Howard Foster, Terry O'Connor and Dave Parris the scoring judges at ringside.

Foster was the referee for Groves' first fight against Carl Froch, which ended with a controversial stoppage of Groves in the ninth round as he lost his first attempt to win a world title.

George Groves
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It looks a great sight at the Wembley Arena as a lightshow goes around the venue, with strobe lights flashing from ringside to the roof, before we hear the British national anthem.

What's going to happen tonight? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcboxing and tell us.

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Here comes the champion

Cox has made his way to the ring, and now it is George Groves' turn as the sounds of the Prodigy blare out around the Wembley Arena.

Groves has fought in front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium, but it is the Arena next door for him tonight.

This is the first time in his career that he walked to the ring with a world title in his possession. It has been an epic journey to get to this stage, can he hold on to his treasured gold?

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The hand-picked opponent

Not long now.

Just a reminder, George Groves had his pick of his opponents in this tournament and decided to face Jamie Cox.

Groves clearly thinks Cox is the weakest fighter in the tournament, how much will that fire up the underdog?

Eubank Jr expects Groves to win inside the distance

Chris Eubank Jr, who fights the winner, has been talking to ITV Box Office. He says: "I'm happy with the performance (against Avni Yildirim last week) and we're in a great position now where we can watch these fighters and the winner has to fight me in the semi-finals.

"This tournament is about preserving energy. I knew I had to get this guy out as quick as possible as I'm having a fight three months later. If these guys have a tough night that is better for me.

"The fans have been asking for me to fight George Groves for years so hopefully we can give them what they want in January. Jamie Cox is still a dangerous man, but I think Groves will be able to handle what Cox has. I expect Groves to win. A late stoppage for Groves."

'Not in Groves' league'

Former IBF world middleweight champion Darren Barker is another who expects Groves to triumph.

Not many are expecting Cox to do the business.

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'Groves will blow Cox away'

British light-heavyweight champion Frank Buglioni is expecting a one-sided contest tonight.

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Nas ringside

Former featherweight champion Prince Naseem Hamed is ringside, alongside promoter Kalle Sauerland.

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Stat attack

Some stats for you on both fighters, courtesy of the World Boxing Super Series Twitter account.

The stats that stands out for me is that George Groves has boxed 182 rounds, 75 more than his opponent.

Will that extra experience prove crucial?

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'Groves I'm coming for you'

Chris Eubank Jr clearly thinks he will be fighting George Groves in January as he posted this tweet after his win over Avni Yildirim last week.

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'Cox is fighting for redemption'

Chris Eubank Senior, whose son will face the winner, wrote on Twitter: "George Groves is fighting a dangerous man in Cox. Cox is fighting for redemption &that=hope, hope is tough and can be relentless."

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Chris Eubank Jr beat Turkey's Avni Yildirim inside three rounds last weekend and is set to face the winner of Groves v Cox in January

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Who is likely to win the World Boxing Super Series, and why?

What is the World Boxing Super Series?

The World Boxing Super Series has been described as the "Champions League of boxing" with two tournaments, one for cruiserweights and one for super-middleweights.

Each category offers a $25m (£19m) prize fund and a trophy named after late boxing great Muhammad Ali, with the winner of each expected to receive $10m (£7.6m) in total over the three victories needed to land the title.

World championship belts are also on the line during the individual fights in the new event.

This is the third quarter-final of the super-middleweight tournament, with Britons Callum Smith and Eubank Jr already qualified for the semi-finals.

Smith will face the winner of the fourth quarter-final between Germany's Juergen Braehmer and American Rob Brant, who fight in Germany on 27 October.

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The story so far: Jamie Cox

Jamie Cox won light-welterweight gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games as an amateur, and has held European and Commonwealth super-middleweight belts as a professional.

"This is the first time I've fought for a world title and I've trained very hard and I'm ready for the occasion," added Cox. "The fans can expect a great win."

"When I look at him, I see a scared man."

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The story so far: George Groves

George Groves failed in three attempts to win world titles - against Britain's Carl Froch twice - including one fight in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium - then in a controversial split decision to Sweden's Badou Jack in September 2015.

But he finally secured one when he stopped Russian Fedor Chudinov in the sixth round of their fight in May in Sheffield.

"I've worked my whole life to become world champion and I'm not going to give it up for anything," said 29-year-old Groves at Friday's weigh-in.

"It's very important for me to win this tournament," said Groves. "I know what needs to be done and I'm feeling very good.

"I'm always in exciting fights and Jamie is an all-action fighter. We will see if he wants to run or have a fight. Either way I will win."

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Hello

Hello and welcome to BBC Sport's live text commentary on another big night of British boxing with our attentions focused on an all-British world title fight as George Groves aims to hold on to his WBA Super-Middleweight Championship when he fights Jamie Cox.

Can Cox cause a huge shock?

George Groves experienced the pain of three failed world title attempts before he finally got his hands on the belt that he always dreamed of winning.

Now, his first defence sees him take on an unbeaten Brit in the form of Jamie Cox, who is aiming to cause a shock and steal Groves' belt off him.

Throw in the fact that this fight is also a quarter-final in the World Boxing Super Series, with a fight looming against Chris Eubank Jr for the winner then there is an awful lot on the line. Who will be successful?

Jamie Cox and George Groves
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