News May 2019

Welsh wonders: Jenkins wins despite injury, Morgan scores shocking 64 second win


By Michael J Jones

Last night in Swansea, local prospect Chris “Rock n Roll” Jenkins made it twelve out of twelve as a pro with a clear six-round points decision over tough Mark McKray. The bout at the Oceana, Swansea, saw Jenkins box sensibly to pile up the points against his Jamaican-born opponent.

After six crowd-pleasing rounds, the 25-year-old gained the decision by 59-55 against an opponent who was never going to win but gave the Welsh star plenty to think about.

It was Jenkins’ eighth win of 2013 and he is now 12-0 (5) overall. In July he lifted the Prizefighter trophy after a dazzling display in York Hall, Bethnal Green.

It was revealed after the contest that Jenkins had suffered a hand injury during the contest which he did well to conceal.

Tottenham’s McKray slumps to 5-23-1 (4) after his latest defeat.

Both boxers scaled 143lbs at the weigh in.

Shock of the night was provided by hulking local Darren Morgan who blew away the very durable and experienced Lithuanian Remigijus Ziausys in just 64 seconds of the first.

The visitor is usually a cagey operator with a great chin, but the big-hitting Welsh heavyweight gave him no time to settle at all and was soon hammering in big shots to soon gain the stoppage.

To put the win into perspective, this was the only time since his debut six years ago Ziausys has been halted. Since then the savvy journeyman has been the distance from many high-ranking heavyweights all around Europe including UK names such as Dereck Chisora and Sam Sexton.

Morgan turned pro way back in 2005 and won his first five contests before a series of defeats (all in good company) saw him leave the sport three years into his career.

He came back in September to score a stoppage (also in the first); this was his second comeback fight.

At 37-years-old he may yet do something in the division. Now 7-5 (5) after his stunning victory, the “Beast from Bonymaen” certainly can punch though was some 70lbs the heavier man at the weigh in.

Ziausys is now 20-56-4 (4) and will probably wake up today wondering what hit him.

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