Cox convinces with a comeback win
Swindon’s former Commonwealth middleweight champion Jamie Cox (17-0) made a successful return to the ring after 21 months out on the sidelines as he outpointed Frenchman Matiouze Royer (7-10) over six rounds to top PJ Rowson’s card at the Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon.
Royer turned out to be a tall and tough visitor for the comebacking 27-year-old. He held a tight guard and took the former Commonwealth Gold medalists shots on the gloves with minimal concern.
Jamie, a talented and spiteful southpaw, mostly body hunted in the opener as he shed the inevitable rust. But once he got going, Cox displayed some lovely fluid boxing and slipped the incoming leather beautifully at times.
Royer had some success early in the fourth with the uppercut when Jamie was arguably trading too much but Cox took control of the contest over the last two sessions to widely outpoint the tiring and complaining Frenchman by 60-55 on referee Reece Carter’s card. Cox is now unbeaten in seventeen.
Trowbridge’s Gareth Heard (5-1) captured the vacant British Masters Bronze title as he overcame Exeter’s previously unbeaten Faheem Khan (4-1-2) when the latter retired on his stool at the end of the fourth round.
Southpaw Khan obviously drinks his milk and takes his vitamins by the look of his chiseled and hardened physique. But in terms of boxing technique, he left a lot to be desired. With his wide stance and his left hand frequently out of position, Heard was able to find routine success with the right hand throughout the fight.
To Khan’s credit, he would always look to reply with dangerous left uppercuts when hit the right hand. But by the end of the third session, his balance was starting to desert him and his upright head was being rocked time and again with solid and hurtful shots. Faheem showed grit and heart throughout, but the decision to end affairs was made at the right time.
Bath’s Mike Rose (4-0) had his first fight in eight months as he defeated Birmingham’s Dee Mitchell (9-36-1) on points in a four rounder at super-middle.
Rose boxed with fast hands in the opener as he looked to stand in front of the shorter Mitchell and hurt him with combination punching to the head and body. Dee, vastly more experienced, was calm and refused to allow the enthusiastic attacks to dissect his defence.
Rose continued punching in bunches and whilst Dee limited the damage, Rose’s shots were by far the more eye-catching. Despite appearing tired in the last, Mike maintained his work rate and got the nod by 40-37 from third man Reece Carter.
Swindon cruiserweight Lawrence “Bad Boy” Bennett (4-0) continued his unbeaten start as he shut out Doncaster’s out-of-shape and out-of-condition Simeon Cover (16-57-2) over four rounds.
The action was poor in the first. Neither fighter committed much and the contest involved lots of pawing and probing. Bennett worked better in the second. He scored well with the left hand and his southpaw right jab often found a suitable home in Cover’s face.
The popular 30-year-old compounded his advantage in the third as he let his hands go more. Cover, aside from the odd massively telegraphed punch from the outside, really didn’t string together much quality at all. The last saw Bennett scoring with the straight left and a lot of messy tangled action from both fighters.
In the only upset of the evening, Trowbridge bantam Jonjo Price (1-1) was floored and outpointed 40-36 by Stoke-on-Trent’s Brett Fidoe (2-4). Price was down from a big right hand in the opener. Although he rose and recovered, he simply didn’t maintain anything like a high enough work rate throughout the contest.
Brett connected well with the left hook in the second as Jono advanced without punching. In the next, Brett started to catch Price with combinations and right hands. To his credit, Price was trying to walk his man down over the last two sessions, but he too often cramped his own space to punch.