One of the most intriguing fights of the night at the 02 Arena this weekend is the super-middleweight domestic duel between John Ryder and Jamie Cox.
‘The Gorilla’ has recovered from last year’s points defeat to Rocky Fielding, conquering Patrick Nielson via KO whilst Cox is aiming to get back to winning ways following his world title defeat to George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series.
Ryder’s manager Charlie Sims, son of Tony, is expecting Ryder to rise to the occasion and get one step closer for a tilt at world glory.
“It’s kind of funny because every time you talk to John Ryder, he says to me, ‘I always feel like I’m fighting for my career in every fight.’ In every fight I was always say to John you need to win this because otherwise it’s possibly curtains – it seems to bring the best out of him,” Sims exclusively told World Boxing News.
“He always turns up, puts on a great performance and has got himself into a position now where he’s ranked number 3 in the WBA – touching on a world title – and I don’t believe he’ll let Cox stand in his way.”
Quizzed on if he thinks if size difference could be a matter on the night, he added: “I looked at both of them today and he is a little taller than John, but he isn’t necessarily a bigger man. For example, Patrick Nielson was a lot bigger and he got him out of there, so I don’t think size difference is massively playing a part in it. Also, Jamie has conducted a lot of his career at light-middleweight and then he skipped middleweight to go straight into super-middleweight.
“Cox himself is growing into the weight and John has moved up from middleweight, both are technically middleweights probably, but both can’t make the weight for whatever reason. It’s John’s time. He’s had a rocky career during his later stages, but this is his time to make a statement and chase for a world title. It should be a great fight.”
Sims has admitted they tried to pursue a rematch with Fielding, though his team showed little interest. The 25-year-old believes the pair could potentially meet again in the non-distant future.
“We offered Rocky Fielding the fight before the Cox fight. From what I’m being told, his team turned it down.
“We were happy for the rematch but to be honest with you it wasn’t exactly an exciting fight, I’m not sure whether people would really pay to watch it again. I do feel John was hard done by that night, I thought he nicked it.
“It hasn’t stopped John getting to where he is today, if he gets through Cox then possibly that could be something that happens again. But I know Rocky is chasing down Tyron Zeuge,” he concluded.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95