George Groves and Jamie Cox meet on Saturday night as part of the brilliant World Boxing Super Series. The winner meeting Chris Eubank Jr, who dispatched of the previously unbeaten Yildrim in clinical fashion within 3 rounds.
Groves insists that he didn’t bother watching the fight though, stating that Yildrim’s perceived flaws meant that Eubank’s win was a foregone conclusion. Of course the more likely explanation is that he didn’t fancy shelling out a tenner for a fight featuring a guy whose name he’d have to Google, on a channel that nobody can find, but then the Groves/Cox scrap is £9.95 on ITV Box Office this Saturday.
Some of you may not be familiar with Groves’ opponent: born James Russan, the unbeaten super-middle assumingly adopted the name ‘Cox’ after developing a penchant for delivering low blows (something poor Obodai Sai found out after Cox halted his family line in their bizarre 2011 Commonwealth title fight).
Cox is a good unbeaten fighter, who would perhaps be a bigger name had he not disappeared from the sport for 4 years barring a brief cameo in 2013. He made his name at light-middleweight though, and whilst he looks alright 2 divisions up from that, he hasn’t fought anyone of note at the new weight.
This then, is a massive step up for Cox, but an overdue one at the same time. He claims to be a bit of a puncher, but 13 KOs in 24 fights in a career fought mostly 2 divisions lighter, belies that claim to a degree. We all know how destructive an ‘in-the-mood’ Groves can be, and he may well be keen to put on a show to ramp up anticipation for a Eubank Jr clash. Whilst the ‘Saint’ can be hurt, I’m unconvinced that Cox carries the kind of power to gain Groves’ respect. 1/6 for a Groves win won’t keep your cat in Sheba al a carte pouches, so the 4/5 on a Groves stoppage may be tempting.
Last week was not a good week at Lucky Ladder HQ. Not only did Notts County’s surprise draw with lowly Forest Green halve the ladder pot to £22.08, but Betfair erroneously put my entire account on a losing roulette spin too!
This is hauntingly true! Not one to pull a company’s name through the mud though, on notifying them of their mistake, the money was promptly returned to me. Sam in customer service and his manager are a credit to the firm.
Enough chit-chat anyway, here’s the noisette triangles amongst this weekend’s sports betting toffee pennies:
Short odds for bulking up your acca –
Look to the big teams this week: Chelsea (a generous-looking 4/11), Spurs (2/11), Man City (1/8), Celtic (1/12), and Ajax (1/14).
Lucky Ladder bet of the week
The Jupiler league was kind to us in week one, so we return there this week. Join me, as I stroll along the quaint, winding streets of the beautiful city of Bruges. See over there? That’s St Salvator’s Cathedral, dating back to the twelfth century. Quick, to your left! That’s the famous City Hall! What, that? Straight ahead? Why, that’s just a selection of Bruges’ many delightful chocolate shops. Hold on, what’s that? Down to your right in the river. That’s the floating rotting corpse of Oostende FC waiting to be fished out by relegation. Club Brugge have won all but one of their games so far this season, and whilst they may be away from home this Saturday, Oostende have lost all four of their home games so far, and against much lesser opposition. Evens for the Bruges side to Brugge up Oostende’s weekend.
Longer odds for the brave ladderer –
Lots of away games to look at: Motherwell (7/5), Kayserispor (17/10) and Chievo (23/10), if you really must have that Ferrari.
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