Chris Jenkins reshuffles team, eyes top UK names at 140 pounds

Matt Bozeat 27/04/2017

📷 Lawrence Lustig

Chris Jenkins hopes new management brings about a change of luck as he looks to get back in the super-lightweight mix.

The 28 year old from Garnant returns in Swansea on Saturday, May 13 admitting he feels like the forgotten fighter of the 140lbs division where domestic rivals Ohara Davies, Tyrone Nurse, Jack Catterall, Josh Taylor and Robbie Davies have been making the headlines.

Jenkins has had a couple of close fights with Nurse for British – drawing and losing narrowly – and has been out since losing a controversial verdict to Phil Sutcliffe jr last November.
He’s now joined Mark Prior, half of the Warrior Promotions set up that stages the show at Brangwyn Hall.

“I have been forgotten,” said Jenkins, “and that’s because every time I have a fight, I seem to be out for a year, through no fault of my own.

“I want to get people in British boxing talking about me again.

“I have a couple of years left and I hope my new manager can open a few doors for me. The passion for boxing is still there and I’m just happy to be boxing again.

“I need to get a few wins and start building a bit of momentum before I can start chasing titles again.”

The fight Jenkins wants more than ever is a rematch with Sutcliffe.

The referee scored their fight in November widely for the Irishman, but for most ringsiders, it was much closer and Jenkins thought he won.

“I took over after four or five,” he said and Jenkins also felt he was unlucky against Nurse.

As for the rest of his domestic rivals, the Welshman says Catterall is “strong, but I’m not sure how he’s going to cope on the back foot” and he really rates Taylor.

“I sparred Josh before he won the Commonwealth title,” said Jenkins, “and I really rate him.

“He’s the one who will do some damage.”

Jenkins has also sparred Ohara Davies and says he’s “rangy, has a good dig and he’s been well guided.

“If I had Eddie Hearn behind me, I would be where he is.”

Jenkins did have Matchroom behind him after he won ‘Prizefighter’ in July, 2013 and captured the WBC International Silver belt.

But he says: “Fights kept getting delayed, then cancelled, the Nurse fights didn’t go my way and I had managerial problems.

“I know it’s late in my career now, but the passion is still there. I still love and breathe boxing – and have done for years. When I look back, all my memories are boxing. I believe I have a couple of years left and I’m hoping my new manager can open a few doors for me.”

Tickets for the show in Swansea are available from 07803 397582