Jamie Cox has been handed “a golden ticket” to complete his journey from the warehouse to the top of the world.
Cox feared he would never fight again after he broke his hand six years ago – but has proved the doctors wrong and on Saturday, October 14, he challenges George Groves for the WBA Super world super-middleweight championship.
The winner will face either Chris Eubank jr or Avni Yildrim in the semi finals of the World Boxing Super Series.
Cox said: “This is my golden ticket – and I’m not going to throw it away. I’ve had a few bumps along the way
“I didn’t think I would be able to come back from breaking my hand (against Obodai Sai in September, 2011). I thought it was the end of my career.
“I got a job in a warehouse, delivered car parts and did odd jobs to get by. I was down. Boxing is all I’ve known since I was a kid.
“Not everyone gets second chances, but I’ve got one and I’m going to take it.
“I want to get my hands on the Muhammad Ali Trophy and I feel strong enough to do it.”
To get his hands on the trophy, the 31 year old southpaw from Swindon has to first beat Groves, a fighter he has known for a long time.
As amateurs, they were roommates when they boxed for England together, but in the pros, their careers have taken different paths.
Groves became a household name with his pair of epic duels against Carl Froch and went on to win world honours at the fourth attempt by stopping Fedor Chudinov at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane football ground, while the highlight for Cox has been his reign as Commonwealth super-welterweight champion.
He says he feels better than ever now he’s competing at 12 stones and added: “I feel athletic, I feel strong, I feel ready.”