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Shawn ‘The Sniper’ Cox speaking during a press conference on Saturday on whether or not his name would be on the upcoming pro card.


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‘Sniper’ weighing his options


Professional boxer, Shawn Terry Cox, also known as The Sniper, is contemplating his next move. The 38-year-old southpaw, who turned pro six years ago, is undecided as to whether or not he should gear up for the upcoming pro card slated for his birthday on Boxing Day this year.

Cox, who has fought in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Guyana, Mexico, Italy and more recently, Russia and South Africa, has picked up two losses in his last bouts. Having not fought in Barbados in just over four years, Cox is a bit apprehensive about donning his gloves at home.

“I am not sure if I am going to be on the card or not. I have not fought here for so long and to fight in front of my home fans and my supporters is a big thing for me. Fighting overseas in Russia, Mexico or South Africa, those are not my fans so I can do certain things, but I want to put down a very good performance for my fans,” he said.

On losing his last two professional bouts, the Sniper said that it was a bit unnerving but he did only what his meagre preparation would allow him.

“It threw me off a little, but not too much. What people need to understand is that Sam Layne is only one man. There is only him, my coach and Shawn Terry Cox. There are no sparring partners and no one else will come forward to assist in any way. It’s not easy. The guys I have to fight have 10 or 15 persons with them. They just train and that’s it. This is not easy.”

Lamenting the lack of support in the sport, Cox said that if he were to go any further, he needed major support from the powers that be. (MP)

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