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GUEST ARTICLE: @JAMIECOXPRO – A Fresh Start

By Paul Mason (@KOBoxingSets)

This Saturday at Bramhall Lane, Swindon’s Jamie Cox hopes to steal the show, as he makes his debut under new promoter Eddie Hearn. It’s fair to say that Cox has had the definition of a stop start career thus far. He has had legal problems, injuries, and general delays throughout his near ten year career.

 

Cox was a solid amateur, who won the 2005 ABA’s at Light Welterweight, and captured Gold at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. He turned professional under Frank Warren, and made his debut in July 2007, outpointing the always durable journeyman Johnny Greaves over four rounds at the O2 in London. Cox built up a good 14-0 record by 2010, defeating a mixture of trial horses and prospects, but his first legal issue arose on 2nd March 2010, Cox was found guilty of assaulting a man outside a Swindonbar. The incident had followed an argument with a man whom Cox alleged had verbally abused him before the men got into what Cox described as a “little tussle”. Cox showed remorse for the incident and sentencing was set for 25 March 2010, with Cox receiving a suspended sentence of six months and ordered to pay compensation, court costs, and also community service of 250 hours. This also scuppered a proposed eliminator for the British Welterweight Title, against Mark Thompson.
After nearly fifteen months away from the ring, Cox replaced trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick with Birmingham based John Costello, and also moved up in weight to Super Welterweight. The relocation was designed to take away the home comforts and distractions of Swindon, and allow his career to move forward. Cox returned in May 2011, and impressively stopped Marcus Portman in the third round on the James DeGale v George Groves bill at the O2. Four months later Cox fought on a Frank Warren dinner show at the London Hilton Hotel for the Commonwealth Crown at his new weight, but struggled against tough Ghanaian, Obodai Sai. In a fight a lot of observers saw widely for Sai, Cox took a unanimous, close decision to win the Title, despite also having two points deducted for repeated low blows. But victory came at a big cost, as Cox suffered a bad break in his left hand from a punch that landed during the contest. The injury was so serious that specialists, including Joe Calzaghe’s doctor, said he would never fight again. “When I took my glove off after the fight, my hand was like a bowling ball,” said Cox. “Even Frank Warren said it was the worst hand he’d seen in all his years in professional boxing.

 

It would be nearly two years before Cox fought again. He returned in front of a hometown crowd at the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon to defeat Frenchman Matiouze Royer on points over six rounds. Getting back in the ring was a triumph in itself for Cox. The return came after successful treatment from Manchester based hand surgeon, Mike Hayton, along with family encouragement to return to the ring. Cox then continued under Warren, but was blowing away opponents for little reward. Alistair Warren, Blas Miguel Martinez, and Ferenc Albert were all blasted away inside one round each, with only the WBO European Title to show for it. Cox was now campaigning as a Super Middleweight.

 

Again Cox’s career stalled though, as he was sentenced to six months in prison for assault, harassment, violence to secure entry and criminal damage, which occurred in an alleged attack on his ex-girlfriend. However, in June 2016, he was released from prison, his conviction was overturned and all charges were suspended on appeal, allowing Cox to continue with his career

 

In his last fight he fought a messy, foul filled fight against Martin Fidel Rios, eleven months after stopping Albert. Rios had three points deducted, and Cox two in the ten rounder, which Cox won 98-96 on the referee’s scorecard. Various offences occurred during the bout, including rabbit punches and wild head butts, but both men somehow saw the final bell.

 

On Saturday, Cox will make his debut on a massive platform, at Bramhall Lane on the undercard of Kell Brook v Errol Spence. This is a massive chance to shine, and finally get a once promising career back on the right track. He meets Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor in a WBA ranking builder for their continental Super Middleweight Title. It’s a fight that could open doors for Cox. Eddie Hearn has plenty of Super Middleweights on his books at the moment. Rocky Fielding recently defeated John Ryder to win the British Title, and a fight with Fielding could be a good next step to make progress going forward. Hearn may want to fast track Cox and target the winner of the Groves v Fedor Chuinov bout, also on the Brook v Spence card this Saturday. At 30 years of age, I would like to see Cox move onwards an upwards quickly and fulfil his massive potential. If he can stay disciplined, and injury free, I believe he can do this. Looking good against Taylor is also paramount as this is a huge opportunity to market himself to a Worldwide audience. I think that Taylor is ideal for Cox. He hasn’t been stopped in his 23 fight career (three losses, one draw) and lost to Tommy Langford in a challenge for the Commonwealth Middleweight Title in March last year. Cox should be superior and can look good in winning to pave the way for big things in 2017/18.

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