News April 2019

Chris Jenkins aiming for a shot at Darren Hamilton in 2014

15.01.14

By @shaun_brown

Chris Jenkins’ goal in 2013 was firmly achieved when the Welshman won Prizefighter: The Light Welterweights III in the July at the historic York Hall. The trophy and the £32,000 prize money were welcome bonuses but the 25-year-old had ticked off the box that read ‘Make your mark this year’.

With a productive twelve months behind him, which also included five additional outings from Wales to Glasgow, Jenkins aims to carry his success into 2014 and hopes that it will culminate in a shot at the British light-welterweight title.

“The big aim for 2014 is to have a crack at that British title, that’s my big aim," Jenkins (12-0, 5 KOs) told Livefight two weeks from his thirteenth contest.

"I don’t mind if it comes in December or earlier because I know I’m going to be ready. I just need a few rounds in the bank because I’ve only done three six rounders’."

After the banzai format of Prizefighter (three fights over three rounds in one night) sandwiched in between two, four rounders’ and those three, six rounders’, Jenkins is hoping to be involved in his debut over eight rounds at Matchroom’s ‘Reloaded’ bill in Cardiff on Feb 1st quickly backed up by another visit to Glasgow on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ WBO lightweight title defence against Terence Crawford.

“I hope I can get back out in Glasgow. Nothing’s been confirmed, nothing’s really been talked about. Obviously my main target is waiting for an opponent for Feb 1 and then hopefully fight for some sort of title in Glasgow on the big ‘Rickster’ show in March. Right now I’m just ticking over, waiting for a shot for some sort of title.”

And a title opportunity may have come sooner if Jenkins had got the call and not Tony Pace to fight Jason Cook for the Welsh 140lb title on Feb 1.

“We did try to go for the Welsh title, a ten-rounder against Jason Cook but obviously he’s gone and taken Tony Pace. That’s no skin off my nose. That’s boxing. Sometimes you get it, sometimes you don’t. I’m just going to concentrate on, hopefully, this eight-rounder then back out in March. I’m just really hoping to get the rounds in the bag and to make sure I am fit enough in case I get a chance for the British title later in the year.”

With Jenkins being on the same bill as the Cook-Pace fight LF asked him who he thought would win the national bragging rights.

“Peope are saying that’s an easy fight for him [Cook]. But you look at Pace and he’s young, fresh and got a lot to prove. Cook is a good friend of mine and he’s been such a great ambassador for not just Welsh boxing but for British boxing as well. I’d love to see him win in his retirement fight. It’s going to be an interesting fight but I think if Cook catches him it will be game over for Pace,” he predicted.

In between Cardiff and a possible trip to Glasgow, Jenkins will hope to take in the British light-welterweight title fight between champion, Darren Hamilton and challenger, Curtis Woodhouse in Hull on Feb 22.

The domestic division at 10st is firmly in the clutches of the (14-2, 3 KOs) Hamilton and since winning the title in 2012 against Ashley Theophane he has never looked in any danger of losing it. Jenkins, who will have one eye on that night’s winner argues that the division could be taken over by anyone at any given time.

“In the top 15-20 [in Britain] you’ve got some really good boys. Within that top ten you’ve got Willie Limond, the likes of Lenny Daws, Adil Anwar and they’ve all had fifteen plus fights. Basically anyone that gets a chance there could be an upset, the title could be changing hands every other couple of months.”

Despite Jenkins’ eagerness to get a crack at the Lonsdale belt, he wants to ensure that every T is crossed and every I is dotted and if that means waiting for his moment then so be it.

“Even if I’ve had another six fights and not had a British title shot then that’s okay with me. It will still be my first aim to win it. You’ve got to start with baby steps. Everyone in my team rightly says the same thing. ‘Keep your head down and keep your two feet on the floor, one fight at a time.’ And that’s what I’m doing.

“I had an awesome 2013 really, I’m number ten now in the rankings. I’m just looking forward to this year and hopefully it’s a big one for me and my team.”


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