FULL FIGHT: Jamie Cox v Martin Fidel Rios

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Jamie Cox made his return to the ring last night and it was absolute and utter carnage.

The Swindon-Donegal super middle was involved in what can only be described as a street-fight with Argentine Martin Fidel Rios, taking a wide points decision win in an ugly and bad-blooded affair.

In total, five points were deducted between the two fighters, leading to a final scorecard of 98:86 in favour of Cox.

Cox was first to be penalised in the second round for hitting round the back of the head. The Wrecking Machine then scored a knockdown in the third and Rios’s subsequent spitting out of the gum-shield led to him having a point docked. The eighth saw both given deductions when Cox headbutted the South American in retaliation for a bite. The nasty clash was quite leniently officiated by Phil Edwards who gave Rios a third point off in the ninth for hitting on the break.

Cox moved to 21(12)-0 following the scrap while Rios fell to 20(11)-10(2)-3.

Watch Jamie Cox v Martin Fidel Rios in full below:

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie