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Obodai Sai vs Jamie Cox: Live Results and Round-by-Round Coverage

Obodai Sai defends the Commonwealth junior middleweight title today against Jamie Cox.
Obodai Sai defends the Commonwealth junior middleweight title today against Jamie Cox.

Today at 5 p.m. EDT on Sky Sports from the U.K., the Commonwealth junior middleweight title is on the line in London, as Ghana's Obodai Sai ventures outside of his native country for the first time to defend the title against promising but volatile Jamie Cox.

Sai (15-0, 10 KO) picked up the title on June 18 when he defeated Joseph Lamptey via technical decision after a clash of heads stopped the fight midway through the seventh round. Sai's competition thus far has been incredible light, as he's faced 10 fighters who came in with zero wins to their credit, and only Lamptey (10-4-1, 6 KO) and Isaac Tordjro Selom (14-4-1, 8 KO) had double digits in the win column.

Cox (15-0, 9 KO) won the gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in the light welterweight division. Back in 2009, he had a really rough time with Mark Lloyd, scoring a TKO-8 win, and was banned for about a year due to an assault conviction. He returned this year with a win over Mark Portman (TKO-3) on May 13.

Dave Oakes previewed the fight on Wednesday, and made note of Cox's somewhat famous temper:

Cox only boxed once last year due to him having his licence suspended by the BBBofC after being convicted of assault. He’s also done himself no favours with some unsavoury behaviour in the ring, with him miming stamping on Mark Lloyd’s head after the latter had slipped to the canvas during their bout.

The Lloyd fight is a great example of Cox as a fighter, he showed odd glimpses of class but they were overshadowed by him getting involved in a foul infested brawl when he didn’t need to. His overeagerness leaves him prone to smothering his work; he looks like a world beater when he’s taking his time and picking his shots but he gets carried away and tries to be a slugger, which inevitably turns a lot of his fights into messy bar-room brawls.

I sense Cox feels this is a new chapter in his career, he changed trainers after his ban ended, teaming up with the John Costello, and seems to have rededicated himself to boxing. The talents always been there, it’s the mental side of things Cox has struggled with at times, if he gets everything right, he has the potential to go a long way.

We'll get to find out two things today: How good Sai is, and how much Cox may or may not have changed some of his bad habits. Join us this afternoon for some boxing!

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