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'I loved the girl and I wanted to give her a better life' - champion boxer Jamie Cox found guilty of assaulting exotic dancer ex-girlfriend a week before title fight

Scott D'Arcy

Published 14/03/2016 | 12:20

Boxer Jamie Cox arrives at Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Boxer Jamie Cox arrives at Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Viktoria Gribovskaja, the ex-girlfriend of boxer Jamie Cox, outside Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Champion boxer Jamie Cox has been found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her flat.

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Cox attacked Viktoria Gribovskaja at her home in Lambeth, south London, on July 16 last year after their relationship broke down and he attempted to collect his belongings.

Viktoria Gribovskaja, the ex-girlfriend of boxer Jamie Cox, outside Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London. Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Viktoria Gribovskaja, the ex-girlfriend of boxer Jamie Cox, outside Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London. Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The boxer said he had "barged" through her front bedroom doors because he feared she "could kill herself", which he said she had previously threatened to do.

Cox, the WBO European super-middleweight champion, also denied harassing her by sending abusive text messages and assaulting her by placing his hands around her throat.

But magistrates said they found the victim's account of the confrontation "credible and convincing" and the 29-year-old's evidence "not credible".

Cox, who appeared at Croydon Magistrates' Court in south London under his real name, Jamie Russan, was convicted of assault by beating, violence to secure entry, harassment and criminal damage.

Chair of the bench Mary Marshall said Cox had intended his text messages, in one of which he called Ms Gribovskaja a "slut", to be "abusive and hurtful".

And she added his claim that he feared his ex-girlfriend might hurt herself was "inconsistent" with the messages he had sent her.

When giving evidence, Cox said if found guilty his career "would be very much in tatters if not over".

He will return for sentencing at the same court on April 11.

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