By Chris Glover
Jamie Cox returned from an 11-month hiatus to get his hands on a belt at Bolton’s Whites Hotel, exclusively live on BoxNation.
The Swindon southpaw started fast, arguably wildly and this prompted him to take a right hand from Martin Fidel Rios inside the first ten seconds.
Cox (now 21-0, 13 early) looked to steam in early with focus on the right hook to the body and the straight left hand to the head however these tactics saw the Argentinian, who is now 20-10-3, 11 KOs) sneak some cute counters in.
He was a bit dirty in the opening rounds throwing his head into his Argentinian counterpart and was deducted a point for a rabbit punch.
The pair then proceeded to go toe to toe with Cox launching straight left hands at Fidel Rios, a man who had been in with Manchester's Jimmy Kelly.
A somewhat wild onslaught from Cox in round three forced Rios to the canvas from a powerful barrage of right hooks and straight left hands. Rios was then deducted a point for repeatedly spitting out his gum shield.
The fight settled more in the mid-rounds. However, the tension from the early fireworks still remained. Cox was the aggressor throughout in what was a scrappy affair, in all honesty.
The contest roughened up again in the latter stages, with both fighters having points taken off and given their final warnings from referee Phil Edwards, in what was turning out to be quite frankly a crazy contest that was involving biting and numerous head butts.
From a boxing perspective, Cox repeatedly looked to land a big straight left hand.
Rios had another point taken off him in the ninth but for some inexplicable reason was not disqualified.
A strong late barrage of left hands and right hooks from Cox was taken well by Rios and showed his toughness as most at Rios' level would not take that amount of power shots.
The fight was scored 97-86 in favour of Jamie Cox by third man Edwards in a fight nobody would want to see again.
Meanwhile, Paul Butler got back in the ring for the first time in seven months, outpointing Alexis Ruiz over 10 rounds to improve his ledger to 22-1 (12 KOs). It was his first fight under new trainer Joe Gallagher and he will now be hunting down a third crack at the world crown.
And there were notable wins for Dale Coyne, Zelfa Barrett, Lyon Woodstock and Jack Flatley.