SWINDON’S unbeaten Jamie Cox wasted no time in taking the action to little-known Hungarian Ferenc Albert last night in Dublin. The southpaw blasted Albert with a right hook, sending the visiting fighter down early. Albert got up but was soon sent crashing by another right to the head, this one sealing his doom. Mickey Vann waved the fight off after dispensing with the count. The official time was 68-seconds of the opening session. Now 20-0 (12) Cox, 29-years-old, called for a world title opportunity immediately after last night’s quick win. 22-year-old Albert, who had won his previous ten, against limited opposition, falls to 20-8(9).
Cox made the first defence of his WBO European strap and he has scored his third 1st-round KO on the bounce. Cox later boasted how he is the best in the country at super-middleweight.
“That’s a hat-trick of first-round knockouts, no-one can deny my power at this weight,” Cox stated. “If that was [Callum] Smith or [Rocky] Fielding [who fought later on last night, with Smith also scoring a 1st-round win] they’d have been knocked out as well. The winner of those two is not the best in the country and the public know it, I’ll have too much power for them.. I’m the best and when I get my chance I’ll prove it. I mean serious business at super-middleweight and I’m going to win a world title.”
Cox has had his out-of-the-ring problems in the past – being found guilty of assault in 2010 – and the 2006 Commonwealth gold medal winner has also endured layoffs. But now, at the new weight of super-middle, the one-time welterweight has looked good. Cox needs to up his level of opposition, however, and this is something he says he plans to do.
Speaking with this writer prior to his move up to super-middleweight, Cox spoke about his exciting style and his desire to please the fans:
“I definitely want to give the fans their money’s worth,” Jamie said. “The fans have to pay of lot of money to come. They have to graft hard to get their money. I know what it’s like to graft, I used to work on a building site. Fans deserve good action and I like to give it to them.”
Cox has given his fans short and sweet performances` in his last three outings but the bigger fights will surely test Cox and bring out the best in the unbeaten fighter who lists Mexican great Erik Morales as his favourite fighter. Cox against Callum Smith, for one example, would be a very interesting match-up.