So Jamie Cox got back to winning ways on Saturday night in a scrappy and intriguing win after a frustrating 11 month lay off against Martin Rios.
It was a fight that exploded from the first bell with known puncher Cox looking to hunt his man down, although he didn’t have to hunt much as Rios seemed to want to fight fire with fire.
It weren’t long before that rustled the 2006 commonwealth gold medalist’s feathers and it looked like the head was thrown in. He was warned about this more than once in the first round and that didn’t seem to phase him.
Sensing he was getting under his opponents skin the Argentinian intended to do everything possible to upset the apple cart holding on repeatedly as the pair exchanged words in the middle of rounds.
With both seemingly walking a tightrope after just 1 round the home fighters corner bemusingly advised him to keep getting his head on his newly found enemies chest and the pair were repeatedly warned by referee Phil Edwards for their own antics with both men having points taken off throughout the fight for everything from head butts to spitting gumshields out.
With the first few rounds out of the way Cox looked to take control by converting to his boxing skills until round 8 when it was unclear if Rios tried to bite or kiss the Englishman which reignited the fire.
After a rough fight Cox came through with a 98-86 points victory to capture the vacant WBO intercontinental super middleweight title and go 21-0(12 ko’s) and told Sky Sports pundits he is looking to move on to big names including George Groves and James Degale.
The card also saw Ellesmere Port based Paul Butler accomplishing a comfortable points win which never looked in doubt under new trainer Joe Gallagher.
By Scott Milner