Dennis Taylor

Former titleholder Cook plans to return to ring on May 21

Former super featherweight titleholder Nicky Cook plans to end his retirement May 21 in England, with hope of making another run at a world title.

Cook, 31, announced Wednesday that he'll fight on the undercard of a show headlined by the light heavyweight title bout between Nathan Cleverly and defending champion Juergen Braehmer at London's 02 Arena. His opponent has not been determined.

It will be his first ring appearance since March 2009, when he lost his belt to Roman "Rocky" Martinez, who stopped him in four rounds. Cook won the title the previous year with a 12-round unanimous decision over Alex Arthur.

Cook (29-2, 16 knockouts) is expected to step up to the lightweight division and pursue a showdown with fellow Brit Kevin Mitchell, according to the London Daily Sun.


<i>Dennis Taylor is editor/publisher of and co-host of The Ringside Boxing Show</i>

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