News September 2013

Welsh star Jenkins back in action on Burns undercard Saturday


By Michael J Jones

Jenkins romps to Prizefighter glory

This Saturday at the Scottish Exhibition Centre, Glasgow, Prizefighter champion Chris Jenkins returns in a six-rounder just two months from his biggest night so far in the pro ranks.

The 10-0 (5) Welshman faces decent Laurent Ferra of France on the undercard of the Ricky Burns-Raymundo Beltran WBO lightweight world title fight.

Garnant’s Jenkins, 25, was virtually unknown before Matchroom’s latest Prizefighter instalment last July but proved a revelation, winning the tournament without dropping a single round.

After pitching shutout wins over decent prospects in Tony Owen and Eren Arif, the Welsh star then became the only man ever to stop dogged Southern Area champion Danny Connor. The highly-skilled Jenkins would wipe-out Connor in just two rounds with some brutal right-hands to take the spoils in impressive fashion.

Before the tournament, several knowledgable boxing folk (especially from Wales) had tipped Jenkins to prevail on the night despite the novice pro entering the bout as a rank outsider to lift the £32k prize money.

Unknown to most is the fact Jenkins was an outstanding amateur who was a nine-time Welsh champion and had also competed in the 2006 and 10’ Commonwealth Games.

The promising new pro turned pro only 18 months ago and had an admittedly quiet start to his career, boxing only in Wales in his first seven contests. The Welshman also has revealed he has “confidence issues” which were somewhat well-hidden in the tournament at York Hall as he boxed with a poise rarely seen in such an inexperienced pro.

Opponent on Saturday Ferra could provide a reasonable test. Although an average 13-12-4 (4) the Frenchman has boxed a variety of opposition and has only been stopped once in 29 contests (on a corner retirement to southpaw Norman Hoegen last year).

The visitor, who turns 28 two days after the fight, should stick around a few rounds but expect Jenkins to win widely on points. Ferra is durable but Jenkins looks a bit special and an inside-distance win can’t be ruled out in the second half of the contest.

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