‘JAMIE Cox is George Groves’ biggest nightmare,’ according to Swindon boxing trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick, who has trained both fighters.

Swindon’s unbeaten southpaw will face the WBA Super world super-middleweight champion this autumn after Groves picked Cox for his opening fight in the World Boxing Super Series.

While many people are already writing off the chances of the former Walcot amateur, Ferndale Road-based Fitzpatrick believes that Cox has more than a puncher’s chance to become Swindon’s first world champion.

Fitzpatrick worked with Cox, who has won all 23 his fights to date, early in his professional career before the now 30-year-old joined forces with John Costello, while the Irishman also trained Groves for two years and three world title bids.

“It is an excellent fight,” Fitzpatrick told the Advertiser. “Jamie is the most dangerous super-middleweight out there.

“He is George’s worst nightmare.

“Jamie is fearless, he can dish it out and he can take it. He is a good combination puncher, he loves to fight, but he is very good boxer as well and he has the power.

“When Jamie came to me, he was a light-welterweight, but you could see then that he has the ability to become a world champion.

“He must listen to John, he must follow the game plan that they set out, because his strengths are also his weaknesses.”

When Groves picked Cox at Super Series, the 29-year-old said that he chose the WBA Continental champion because it was an ‘easy’ fight.

However, Fitzpatrick believes it is all part of the mind games that the Londoner, who suffered three defeats in world title fights before finally landing a belt by stopping Fedor Chudinov back in May, plays.

“George loves to play mind games. From the moment he picked Jamie, that little quip is just to try and get under Jamie’s skin,” added Fitzpatrick.

“Everything George says and does will be planned, it we be to get Jamie wound up. How Jamie deals with that will be very interesting.”

Aside from the mind games, Fitzpatrick believes Cox must not going rushing in against Groves.

“George has one of the best jabs in boxing, period,” the trainer added. “It is spiteful and varied.

“George has had the bigger fights and the experience, but this is a fight I believe both men can win.

“I’m not surprised that George picked Jamie, he loves the challenge and to step up and have a fight.

“Jamie will be relishing it, because this is his chance. Jamie can be Swindon’s first world champion.

“I can’t wait for it. It is an excellent fight in an excellent tournament.”

The winner from the fight this autumn will move into the semi-finals of the Super Series in the new year where they will face the winner of Avni Yildrim-Chris Eubank Jr or Arthur Abraham, with the final to take place in May.