By: Ian Webb
October 14th, Wembley Arena, Wembley, London: In the main event of Sauerland Events semi-final round of the Ali Trophy, World Boxing Super Series, Hammersmith, London’s, “Saint” George Groves retained his WBA Super World Super Middleweight Title with an advancing fourth round knockout of Swindon, Wiltshire, UK’s, Jamie Cox.
Quickly adjourning the opening seconds of inquisition, the southpaw challenger Cox would abandon any sediment of caution almost recklessly assuming the role of aggressor landing a big wide left while the champion Groves appeared content with picking his spots looking for the big right hand.
The champion seemingly making a conscious response opened it up in the second-round trading with Cox only to find himself met with some stern resistance and backed to the ropes by the free-swinging southpaw.
In round three Groves the more accurate and heavier puncher working both to the body and head continued to catch Cox stepping inside across his lead foot with solid his right hands but not without drawing some eager return fire from his game but slowing challenger.
Groves staying with the right hand began to step back in answer to his charging challenger landing with increasing frequency even landing some rapid rights to Cox head fighting off the ropes. Then alternating his space opening step back with a gap closing step up and under, it would be the later the “The Saint” would drill Cox with a deflating, leg buckling right uppercut to the liver sinking him to the canvas where he would remain for a full referee Steve Gray ten count at 1:42 of round four. Groves drawing Chris Eubank Jr. in the semi-final round improves to 27-3, 20Ko’s while Cox suffering his first defeat slips to 24-1, 13Ko’s.
In the co-feature, a pairing of southpaw super middleweights Islington, London’s John “The Gorilla” Ryder scored a more patient fifth-round knockout of Albertslund, Denmark’s, Patrick Nielsen.
Falling short in previous step up bouts to current WBO World Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders, Nick Blackwell, Jack Arnfield and a split decision loss to Rocky Fielding coming into the bout the shorter self-composed Ryder working behind an accurate jab controlled all levels of spacing in the bout patiently out boxing Nielsen on the outside working his way inside in a businesslike manner working to the body and head meticulously breaking down the twenty six year old Dane answering a labored Nielsen left uncorking and landing a thunderous counter right hook following up with a delayed but devastating left hand right uppercut leaving Nielsen seated for a full referee ten count at 2:08 of round five.
Ryder with the biggest and timeliest win of his career advances to 25-4, 13Ko’s ending Nielsen’s seven bout victory run at 29-2, 14Ko’s.
Over shadowing Groves win over Cox was an all too often protect yourself at all times the cheap shot ending welterweight bout between Wimbledon’s, London’s, unbeaten Louis Adolphe and Nottingham, Nottinghamshire’s, Nathan McIntosh. McIntosh picking up the DQ win moves to 14-2, 1Ko while the despicable Adolphe slouches to 7-1, 1Ko.