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Interview with Jamie Cox

By Per Ake Persson: When I first spoke with Jamie Cox 18 months ago he was a 5-0 prospect signed with Sports Network and considered one of the best bets for the future in British Boxing. Based in Swindon and trained by Paddy Fitzpatrick heīs now 12-0 and an establised force on the scene closing in on the big fights. All should be well but isnīt: -I was signed to Sports Network but that company is now under administration. Iīm sure it will be worked out, itīs nice to have some time off but I canīt say right now when I fight next.

Coxīs last fight was in Swindon July 24 where he outscored Hungarian Janos Petrovics over eight. -He was very tough, it was a good learning fight for me. I hit him with everything, he didnīt go down but I kept boxing him, says Jamie.

Boxing News described Jamieīs boxing as "poetry in motion".

The same kind words couldnīt be heard when Cox stopped Mark Lloyd in eight after a somewhat wild and messy fight.

-I lost my cool, admits Jamie, I had been cut in sparring and my trainer told me not to go through with the fight but I did. The cut opened up already in the first after a headbutt from him and I lost it. As I floored him I I made a gesture as if I would kick him but of course I didnīt mean to, it was just frustration, Iīm not like that at all.

Cox vs Lloyd was originally scheduled as a eliminator for the British title but ended up as non-title eight-rounder with Cox winning on a tko in the last round after dominating the fight most of the way. Jamie needed four stitches to close the cut.

Close to two years as a pro have taught Jamie Cox a lot: -Pro boxing is a tough game, itīs mentally very hard. Iīve learned a lot though, I can go eight rounds easily. Iīm ready to move up. Paddy, my trainer, have been very good for me. Heīs great on the pads. We got good sparring here too. Iīve grown into welter now but at 5ft11 I can fight at jr middle as well. I would love to try it out in the US as well.

On the upcoming Kell Brooks vs Michael Jennings British title fight Jamie isnīt as sure as most people seems to be about Brooks winning. -Michael moves so well, heīs been twelve rounds many times, got a lot of experience. Kell is slower but very relaxed is in his boxing, more powerful. Heīs of course the favourite but donīt count Jennings out.

As for his goals Jamie is as certain as ever: -British title then on to a World title, if a shot at the EBU belt comes along the way thatīs fine too. British, European and World champion, thatīs it!

Cox 12-0 ledger includes some of the usual suspects on the British shores such as Billy Smith (twice) and his brother Ernie but while most are forced to go the distance with these durable, capable spoilers Jamie have in fact stopped Billy Smith and knocked out Ernie. -Well, Iīm over fighting that kind of opponents, says Jamie, I want the big fights now!

Check out jamiecoxpro.com for an update on Jamie Cox, a bona fide prospect - and weīll see down the road how far he goes..

Jamie trains at the Boxing Academy in Swindon, check it out at theboxingacademy.com

Article posted on 10.09.2009



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