Jason Cook (boxer)

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Jason Cook
Statistics
Real name Jason Cook
Nickname(s) The Power, Cookie
Rated at Lightweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality Welsh
Born (1975-02-27) 27 February 1975 (age 42)
Maesteg, Wales
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 37
Wins 30
Wins by KO 11
Losses 6
Draws 1
No contests 0
Jason Cook
Medal record
Men’s Boxing
Representing  Wales
Commonwealth Games
Silver medal – second place 1994 Victoria Featherweight

Jason Cook (born 27 February 1975 in Maesteg, Wales) is a professional boxer, who fights under the nickname "The Power". As an amateur, he won a silver medal for Wales at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. As a professional, he has fought as a lightweight, and has won both the European and IBO championships at the weight. He currently campaigns at Light-Welterweight, and fights out of Fight Academy Wales gym in Llanharan, South Wales under the guidance of professional coach Darren Wilson.

Amateur career[edit]

Cook had a total of 86 amateur contests, winning 66. He won a silver medal in the featherweight (57 kg) class at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.[1] Cook's results were:

Professional career[edit]

Cook's professional boxing career began in October 1996, with a second-round stoppage of Brian Robb, followed by further KO victories over Andrew Reed and David Kirk before being taken the distance on two occasions by Marc Smith. However, Cook then suffered a setback with a first-round knockout defeat at the hands of Trevor Smith. After the bout, Cook said "He clipped me with an overhand left and though I got up at six or seven, I was in no state to continue; the referee did the right thing."[2]

After a nine-month lay-off, Cook returned to the ring to defeat Darren Woodley via a fourth-round knockout. Victories over journeymen David Hinds and Peter Buckley led to Cook receiving a shot at the vacant Welsh Area light welterweight title. On 11 December 1999, Cook won the vacant title with a first-round knockout of Woody Greenaway. Victories over Harry Butler, Andrei Sinepupov, Keith Jones, Assen Vassilev, and Dariusz Snarski followed, before a prison sentence momentarily ended Cook's boxing career.

Prison sentence[edit]

In 2001, Cook was found guilty of credit card fraud whilst working as a postman and was jailed for 15 months. Throughout his sentence, Cook kept himself in good shape and continued training on a punching bag that was supplied for him. Cook served a total of six months in prison with a further two months wearing an electronic tag.[2][3]

Comeback and European title[edit]

Cook returned to the ring on 18 March 2002, with a knockout victory over Albanian boxer Fation Kacanolli. He followed this with point's victories over Russians Andrey Devyataykin and Viktor Baranov. On 23 July 2002, following the withdrawal of Bobby Vanzie, Cook was offered the chance to fight Sandro Casamonica in Italy for the vacant European lightweight title.

Ten days later, on 2 August 2002, Cook produced an upset by defeating Casamonica via a third-round knockout. Cook had started well winning the opening two rounds but was floored in the 3rd. As Casamonica moved in to finish the fight, he was hit with a left hook that brought an end the fight.[4] After the bout a jubilant Cook said "It’s like a dream; my life has changed, it still hasn’t sunk in. That was the best punch I’ve thrown in my life, and it came when I most needed it. I’m ecstatic; I’m walking around on a cloud."[2]

Cook's first defence of the title was against Frenchman Nasser Lakrib on 26 October 2002. Lakrib was stopped in the 5th round, in a fight which was held in Cook's hometown of Maesteg.[5] Cook's next defence of the title was against Stefano Zoff, who he went on to defeat via a split point's decision. Despite the victory, Cook lost his European title before the bout when he failed to make the 135 lb lightweight limit.[6]

IBO title[edit]

On 8 November 2003, Cook fought Argentinian Ariel Olveira for the vacant IBO lightweight title. Cook defeated Olveira by a 7th-round stoppage, after the Argentine's cornerman threw in the towel.[7] Cook's first defence of the title was against reigning commonwealth champion Kevin Bennett on 1 May 2004. Cook outboxed Bennett to claim a close but unanimous points decision.[8]

On 5 November 2004, Cook was scheduled to face South African Phillip Ndou in defence of his IBO title. However, on 21 October 2004, Ndou retired suddenly after a brain scan revealed a slight abnormality.[9] Ndou had previously challenged Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the WBC lightweight title. A disappointed Cook said of the proposed bout "It would have been a great fight, I was thinking it could have been the British version of Hagler-Hearns. I might have had to pick myself off the canvas in that one but I'd have definitely come back and eventually prevailed."[10]

The late replacement for Ndou was Argentinian Aldo Rios, who went on to stop Cook in the 3rd round. Cook had started the fight well but was floored in the 3rd by a straight right hand, and a follow up attack from Rios forced referee Richard Davies to stop the contest. Following the bout Cook said "I took things a bit easy and got caught cold more than anything...This may have been a step too far, but I'll be back."[11] Rios had previously lost to Ricky Hatton by knockout in a challenge for the WBU light welterweight title.

Retirement[edit]

On 25 November 2005, over a year after his last fight, Cook returned to the ring to face Gary Reid. Cook won the bout via disqualification after he was hit with a low blow and could not continue.[12] In September, 2006, after pulling out of a fight with Giuseppe Lauri for the vacant European light welterweight title, Cook announced his retirement from boxing.[13]

On his decision Cook said "It's time for me to go now. I've had so much trouble with the shoulder over the years and tendonitis in an ankle which flares up when I do roadwork that I can't carry on at the top level. If I was going to fight four, or six-rounders, it might be OK, but life as a journeyman is not for me."[2]

Return with Prizefighter[edit]

On 20 October it was announced that Cook would be returning to the ring as part of Sky Sports Prizefighter series. The Competition will be held at light-welterweight. Also involved in the competition is fellow Welshman and former world champion Gavin Rees, a fighter from Enzo Calzaghe's boxing stable. Cook won his first round fight against Michael Grant, as the referee decided to stop the contest on the Doctors orders after Grant suffered a nasty cut. In the Semi-Final stage, Cook lost to Gavin Rees by a unanimoius points decision, with Rees declaring that he was expecting the Final fight against Colin Lynes to be an easyer fight than his Semi-Final against Cook. The brave comeback performance by Cook earned him a shot at the British Light-Welterweight Title against Lenny Dawes

British Title Shot[edit]

Jason Cook challenged Lenny Dawes for the British Light-Welterweight Title on 12 February 2010 at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London. From the opening bell, Cook looked comfortable and slick and dominated the early rounds. Cook had Dawes visibly hurt in the 1st round, forcing Dawes to hold on to the Maesteg boxer to spare further punishment. After building up an early lead on the judges’ scorecards and cutting Dawes, Cook began to tire and Dawes came back into the fight, having Cook in trouble in the 11th and 12th rounds. One judge awarded it 115-114 to Cook; one awarded it 115-114 to Dawes, with the other scoring it 114-114. The bout was declared a draw and Dawes regained his title. The gutsy performance by Cook moved him up the European and Commonwealth Light-Welterweight rankings [14]

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss Argentina Aldo Rios TKO 3 (12), 1.40 5 November 2004 England Hereford, England Lost IBO Lightweight title.
Win England Kevin Bennett Decision (unanimous) 12 1 May 2004 Wales Bridgend, Wales Defended IBO Lightweight title.
Win Argentina Ariel Olveira TKO 7 (12) 8 November 2003 Wales Bridgend, Wales Won vacant IBO Lightweight title.
Win Italy Stefano Zoff Decision (split) 12 25 January 2003 Wales Bridgend, Wales Lost European Lightweight title on scales.
Win France Nasser Lakrib TKO 5 (12) 26 October 2002 Wales Maesteg, Wales Defended European Lightweight title.
Win Italy Sandro Casamonica KO 3 (12) 2 August 2002 Italy Calabria, Italy Won European Lightweight title.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jason Cook Record". www.boxing-records.com. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Jason Cook - European Lightweight Champion". www.johnnyowen.com. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Sports Round-up". London: www.telegraph.co.uk. 25 October 2002. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  4. ^ "FROM CONVICT TO CHAMPION". www.boxing-monthly.co.uk. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  5. ^ "Cook retains title with a stoppage". www.bbc.co.uk. 26 October 2002. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  6. ^ "Cook wins but loses title". www.bbc.co.uk. 26 January 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  7. ^ "Cook tames 'the Panther'". www.bbc.co.uk. 9 November 2003. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  8. ^ "Cook outboxes Bennett". www.bbc.co.uk. 2 May 2004. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  9. ^ "Phillip Ndou Forced to Retire from Boxing". www.thesweetscience.com. 20 October 2004. Archived from the original on 9 November 2005. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  10. ^ "Cook aims to serve up a treat". www.doghouseboxing.com. 5 November 2004. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  11. ^ "Rios flattens Cook for IBO crown". www.bbc.co.uk. 5 November 2004. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  12. ^ "Cook makes controversial return". www.bbc.co.uk. 26 November 2005. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  13. ^ "Cook calls time because of injury". www.bbc.co.uk. 17 September 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  14. ^ "Daws retains title against Cook". BBC News. 12 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
Achievements
Preceded by
Stefano Zoff
Vacated
European Lightweight title
2 August 2002 – 24 January 2003
Stripped
Succeeded by
Stefano Zoff
Preceded by
Michael Ayers
Vacated
IBO Lightweight title
8 November 2003 – 5 November 2004
Succeeded by
Aldo Rios