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Ryder/Cox added to Haye/Bellew 2

Fantastic Super Middleweight Clash Added - By Aaron Cooper

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British Super-Middleweight’s John Ryder and Jamie Cox will clash live at the O2 in London on May 5th. The fight will provide support on the undercard of the long-awaited heavyweight rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye.

John Ryder is back in action for the first time since October following a great win over Patrick Nielsen which saw him ascend the WBA rankings taking his danish opponents spot and thrusting himself firmly into world title contention.

Jamie Cox will be looking to bounce back from a painful loss, which he suffered at the hand of the number one ranked super-middleweight in the world and WBA ‘Super’ champion, George Groves.

Both men’s styles make for an enticing matchup, I certainly believe neither man will have to look hard for his opponent, as these two could easily fight in a phone booth. The fight, along with the European Super-Featherweight title clash between Martin J Ward and James Tennyson will make for a very strong warm-up act for the main event.

“We’ve been out of the ring the same amount of time, so I’m sure Jamie is just as itching to get back in there as me,” said Ryder. “It’s been a long time coming following my career best win so I’m happy to get back in there in another big fight in my hometown.

“There was the talk of other fights that we were looking at, but they didn’t come off – that’s boxing. It was about picking the right fight rather than just going in there against anyone. Jamie has a good record and to beat him would hold me in good stead.

“A lot of people were writing me off before the Nielsen fight, I went in there and beat the man that was held in high regard and I beat him in good fashion. It was the best win of my career so far. The pressure was off. I was an away fighter, I just went in there and enjoyed it which was telling on the night. It was a great victory.

“Jamie had some success in the early rounds against George. He made it the fight it was but we all know how good Groves is. It only takes one shot… Just look at both my fight and his fight on the same card. Luckily my punch went to my advantage and he was on the receiving end of a peach.

"He got hit with a body shot, 9 times out of 10 you’ll take them but that one was in the wrong place at the wrong time for him and he couldn’t beat the count.

“I think our styles are geared up for a good fight, it’ll be a real treat for the fans on what’s shaping up to be a quality night of boxing.

“The British Title has evaded me for so long now, it’s a love-hate relationship. I’d love to win it but I can’t build my career around the British Title. I’m taking things one fight at a time, Jamie Cox is my full focus.

“For the winner, it opens a lot of doors, the loser it could be curtains potentially. It’s a must-win fight for the both of us.”

“I’m looking forward to this one,” said Cox. “Facing Groves was a great experience, I know where I went wrong and I’m ready to prove where I believe I should be.

“I had a couple of weeks off after the last fight then it was time to get back stuck into training. I’m fully back into it now and ready for the next one.

“John put on a great display against Nielsen, it was a grand finish so hats off. Obviously, I didn’t see it at the time but I’ve seen it back since. Fair play to him, he got a big win.

"I’ve always been quite tough to the body. Groves wasn’t hurting me to the head, so I didn’t think he could hurt me to the body. To be fair he landed a great shot, full credit to him. I think George will go on and win the final against Callum Smith.

“John comes across a gentleman. It’s business at the end of the day. I know what he’s about, I’m expecting the best John Ryder. I’m looking forward to mixing it with him. Beating him will put me in a better position and nearer to a World Title shot.