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Cox given ultimatum


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Defend it or lose it!
That is the order which has been handed to Barbados’ top professional boxer and holder of the Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) cruiserweight belt holder Shawn Terry Cox from president, Peter Abdol.
Quoting from CABOFE’s regulations which dictate that a belt must be defended at least 90 days after it has been won, Abdol has given Cox until December 31, 2011, to defend his belt or the cruiserweight title will be declared vacant.
Cox took the title back in June 2008.
Abdol has sought a compromise by indicating that Cox put the belt on the line in a battle with the hard hitting Guyanese Kurt Bess in the December 17 Guyana Fight Night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Bess is Guyana’s cruiserweight and cruiser heavyweight having knocked out his last four opponents.
Cox, who has stepped up his training after he was floored by an appendix operation recently, was confident that he would be victorious against Bess who is a reputed hard puncher. 
Cox’s appendix problem had surfaced after he had returned from Russia where he was invited to spar with WBA world heavyweight Alexander Povertkin.
In April Cox had fought and knocked out Puerto Rico’s Francisco Avarez in Mamita Beach, Mexico.  That was some redemption for Cox as he was knocked out by Avarez as an amateur at the CAC Games in Venezuela in 2002.
Both Cox and manager Sam Layne admitted that defending the belt in Barbados would have been the preferred option. 
“But fighting in Guyana is way cheaper as we just have to get to Guyana to defend the belt as part of their card. Staging the fight in Barbados would have meant that we would have to cover the cost of all of the other fighters as well as the officials, security, facilities and other details,” said Layne.
“We are aware that Bess is a one-punch knockout specialist so various strategies will be employed since the winner of the battle in Guyana will not only claim the belt, but the champion will enter a WBC tournament early next year where a purse of US$30 000 will be on offer,” stressed Layne. (KB)


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