Swindon boxer Jamie Cox will take another step towards a full world title shot later this month when he takes on Isaac Ekpo for the WBO Inter-continental strap.
Cox will go toe-to-toe with Ekpo on October 30th at Harrow Leisure Centre knowing victory against the Nigerian number one will move him closer to a world title fight.
The Swindon super middleweight told Your Sport Swindon that he plans to make a statement against Ekpo, who went the distance with Robert Stieglitz for the WBO world strap two years ago.
Cox, who pulled out of his WBO European title defence scheduled for this weekend because of a virus, told Your Sport Swindon: “It is a good fight to be involved with.
“He (Ekpo) went the distance with Robert Steiglitz for the world title.
“They are all dangerous but if I do what John (Costello) tells me to do in the gym, get my conditioning right with Team Des Fitness, then I’ll be okay.
“On paper it is my hardest fight to date of course.
“John has watched him. He is like a poor man’s Floyd Mayweather, he has that shoulder roll style.
“He went the distance with Steiglitz so he is fairly tough.
“He is a strong kid but I plan to do a better job on him than Steiglitz did and then we will make a statement.
“We’ll go looking for the knockout again and if we can do that then it is obviously going to create a buzz.”
The 29-year-old former Walcot amateur is desperate to get his shot at a full world title and is frustrated that the majority of the super middleweight and middleweight division continue to dodge him.
However, Cox told Your Sport Swindon that after victory against Ekpo, he expects to get his world title shot within two fights.
“Frank Warren has promised me a world title shot if not the next fight then the one after,” added Cox.
“As far as Frank Warren and George (Warren) tell me it is really hard to get the fights because nobody wants to fight me.
“We’ll just keep pushing for that world title shot. I’ll fight anyone who is a world champion, I don’t care who.”
Fedor Chudinov is arguably the most likely of the super middleweight world champions that could Cox could face.
The unbeaten Russian recently beat Frank Buglioni to defend his WBA strap but Cox is confident he can inflict a first defeat against Chudinov, given the chance.
Cox, who was ringside at the Chudinov-Buglioni fight tweeted immediately afterwards “Feed Chudinov to the Lions, I’m ready… We go for the knockout”.
Talking to Your Sport Swindon about Chudinov, he added: “I think Chudinov is a very good schooled Russian fighter.
“He has that Russian style where he comes to to fight but I prefer that, I prefer fighters who come to fight.
“I thought he did really well against Buglioni apart from when he got caught with that shot which was right on the bell.
“I was ringside, he is obviously a tough guy but I do not think he is the strongest of the champions out there.”