Boxing - Jamie Cox to return, parts company with Warren

Jamie Cox says he's hungry to get back in the light-middleweight mix after being given the all clear to box again.

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A career-threatening injury to his left hand has kept Cox out of the ring since September, 2011 - and the former Commonwealth champion eases back in home-town Swindon on Saturday, June 15.

Cox has joined manager and promoter PJ Rowson after parting company with Frank Warren and says he's happy to make a low-key return on a non-televised show at the Oasis Centre.

"Fair play to lads like Liam Smith and Brian Rose," said the 26 year-old southpaw. "It's a hard, hard game and they've done well to get to the top. But I'm back now, I'm hungrier than ever and I want titles.

"I've always wanted the British title and that's still my target, but I'm going to take it one step at a time. I know I've got to work my way back up. I'm going to take small steps to get back to where I want to be.

"I'm under the radar at the moment, nobody's talking about me, so there's no pressure."

Cox admits he battled depression during his lay off. "I broke the metacarpals in my left hand and the doctors told me I would never box again," he said. "I was down. Boxing is all I've known since I was a kid. I put on weight because I couldn't train properly and I've been delivering car parts and doing odd jobs to get by.

"For a while, I couldn't even open a jam jar never mind punch a bag - and it took two operations to get my hand right again."

The backing of sponsors has allowed Cox to return to full-time training with John Costello in his gym under a butcher's shop in Birmingham. The trainer's teenage son Joe Costello, European Schoolboy champion in 2007, makes his professional debut on the Swindon show and former English middleweight boss Nick 'Bang Bang' Blackwell also boxes.

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