A return in Sniper’s sights

Shawn Terry Cox

Barbados’ former CABOFE cruiserweight champion Shawn Terry The Sniper Cox is set to return to the ring on January 25. And his opponent, Guyana’s light heavyweight champion Kwesi Lightning Struck Assassin Jones has promised to knock out Cox.

The fight is part of a ProAm boxing card to be staged at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown. It will be Cox’s first fight since being knocked out by Dennis Lebedev in two rounds at the Crocus City Hall in Myakinino, Russia, last April.

Cox, 38, who competed at the 2000 Olympics and medalled at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, is considered by many to be past his best having turned professional at the relatively “old age” of 32. However, Cox is expected to provide a very stern test for Jones and indeed tipped to beat Jones despite the latter’s boast.†

“I will put his lights out between rounds seven or eight and that is if he reaches that far,” Jones said of Cox in his homeland this week.

The Jones/Cox clash will serve as the main supporting bout to the Mark Austin/Gladwin Dorway feature contest, which is for the vacant national junior middleweight title of Guyana at 154 pounds.

Jones last fought in June last year when he registered an impressive first round knockdown over Kelsie George.

Before the Lebedev fight, Cox had demolished former world champion, Wayne Big Truck Braithwaite, in the first round to lift the WBC CABOFE heavyweight title in February 2012.

The victory extended Cox’s unbeaten record against Guyanese fighters, which stretches as far back as November 2007 when he defeated Winston Pompey.

After 18 fights Cox has 16 victories, 15 by way of knockout, with two losses.

Jones, no doubt aware of Cox’s stranglehold on Guyanese opponents, and following his own predictions, has already upped his training at the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis Gym in Albouystown.

Like Cox, Jones also has two losses, but the Guyanese has 10 victories from 12 fights. Six of those victories have come within the distance.††

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