SWINDON boxer Jamie Cox says he “will not hang around” and wants to be involved in “big fights” when he makes his long-awaited return to the ring.
Cox has been out of the ring since fracturing his left hand during his light-middleweight Commonwealth title win over Obodai Sai 12 months ago, but having been given medical clearance to fight again, Cox doesn’t want to waste another second of his stuttering career.
“The professional game hasn’t quite worked out for me yet and I’ve had my complications,” admitted Cox. “My hand is ready to go now and the specialist has cleared it.
“I need to re-apply for my licence and have a medical, but that shouldn’t take too long.
“It’s looking like I’ll be fighting at the end of November and I want to get myself back involved in some big fights.
“I’m 26 years old so I’m looking to get out and be involved in some big fights. I don’t want to hang around now, so I obviously want some title fights.”
Cox is expected to have a warm-up fight in November before his promoter Frank Warren will consider putting a title shot on the table, but the former Walcot amateur says he’d happily fight British Champion Brian Rose right now.
“I’d fight Brian Rose now if he wanted the fight,” added Cox. “Frank Warren has put me on some great shows and he will do what he thinks is best for me. I will take whatever Frank Warren thinks is best.
“I’d like to fight Brian Rose but there are other opportunties out there too. I’ll just leave all that down to Frank Warren and hopefully I’ll be boxing in some good fights and on some great shows very soon.”
Being sidelined during the summer allowed Cox to take in the majority of the Olympic boxing and he admitted the efforts of the Great Britain team did inspire the former Commonwealth Games gold medalist.
He added: “I watched most of the boxing at the Olympics. It was inspiring. They did a fantastic job to finish third in the medals and boxing in this country is definitely on the up again.
“I could have stayed on after winning gold at the Commonwealths and gone to the Olympics but I don’t regret that decision.
“It would have been great to tick that box off but amateur boxing did not suit my style and the time was right to turn professional for me.”
Cox also expressed concerns about the return to boxing of former two-weight world champion Ricky Hatton and the pending professional debut of cricketer Andrew Flintoff.
“Ricky Hatton was a great fighter, but I think he should stay retired,” said Cox. “He has been out for a long time and I think a comeback would be a mistake. He was a world champion though, so I am sure he can still box a bit.
“I’m not sure about the Freddie Flintoff thing. It will be great for television but I can’t see him winning a world title.”