Boxing - Jamie Cox returns on Saturday

After a hand injury had threatened to end his career, Swindon light middleweight Jamie Cox (16-0) returns to the ring on Saturday for the first time in almost two years against Frenchman Matiouze Royer (7-9-4) at the Oasis Lesuire Centre, Swindon.

Boxing - Jamie Cox returns on Saturday

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Jamie Cox returns on Saturday

Southpaw Cox last fought in September 2011 - on a dinner show at the Hilton Hotel, Mayfair where he won the Commonwealth light-middleweight belt in controversial circumstances against Ghanaian Obodai Sai. Many thought Sai deserved the decision.

Cox broke his left hand during the fight. His new trainer, Tony Borg of the Newport Gym, says it's one of the worst injuries he's seen. Borg told Steve Butt of the Swindon Advertiser:

“It is a very bad injury and we don’t know how the hand will hold up. I’ve seen a couple of similar injuries over the years, but that is as bad as I have seen."

Borg revealed that Cox, 27, has settled in well at the Newport Gym and has benefited from sparring with a top quality stable of boxers, including British super featherweight champion Gary Buckland and British and Commonwealth belt holder Lee Selby.

“He’s improved loads, to be honest but it is just gym stuff really. Sparring has gone very well but we need to take him into the ring on Saturday and see what he does there.”

“If he gets through this fight okay then Jamie will show he can go on and get a title. If the hand does bother him he will be okay because he is a very tough guy and will just stay in there, coast on his right hand and fight on his back foot.”

Borg nodded towards Cox's potential to win titles: “He can certainly reclaim the Commonwealth title and win the British title. Then a shot at the European is not out of the question and then it’s onwards and upwards.”

Also featuring on Saturday's Swindon bill is Trowbridge middleweight Nick Blackwell (13-2), who gave British champion Billy Joe Saunders his toughest workout to date back in December. Blackwell faces unbeaten Czech Stepan Horvath (11-0), who outpointed Brummie Max Maxwell over eight rounds in his first visit to the UK back in April.

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