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Jailed boxer Jamie Cox cleared of assault and freed from prison

Jamie Cox and ex-girlfriend Viktoria Gribovskaja Image copyright PA
Image caption Jamie Cox attacked Viktoria Gribovskaja at her south London home in the middle of the night

A champion boxer who was jailed for breaking into his ex-girlfriend's flat and attacking her has been cleared of assault and freed from prison.

Jamie Cox was sentenced to 26 weeks for common assault after he attacked Viktoria Gribovskaja at her home in Lambeth, south London last year.

The Swindon-based WBO European super-middleweight title holder had denied assault.

His conviction was overturned at an appeal at Croydon Crown Court.

Cox had been sentenced to 26 weeks in prison for the assault and harassment charges, 20 weeks for violence to secure entry and 12 weeks for criminal damage, to run concurrently.

As well as being cleared of assault, his convictions for harassment, violence to secure entry and criminal damage have been suspended.

Recorder Joseph Boothby told him he should treat the suspended sentence as "a turning point" and said: "Change your ways and think before you get angry with a girlfriend, or anyone else for that matter."

The 29-year-old boxer, appeared in court under his real name Jamie Russan.

After the hearing, Cox said: "I just want to get back to normal and to fight for world titles. I do not really treat today as a success."

Cox is currently ranked number four in the world and is also a Commonwealth Games light welterweight champion.

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Image caption Jamie Cox won the vacant WBO European super-middleweight title in a fight at Wembley Arena last July

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