EXCL: Chris Jenkins joins new trainer Gary Lockett

EXCL: Chris Jenkins joins new trainer Gary Lockett

Chris ‘Rock n Rolla’ Jenkins (16-1-1, 8KO) has switched training camps, BoxingWales.com understands.

The super-lightweight has joined with one of Britain’s most renowned young trainers, 39-year-old Gary Lockett. Jenkins will still be managed by South West Wales stalwart Paul Boyce and it’s likely that his first fight under Lockett’s guidance may be as early as March.

The 27-year-old will make the 50 mile commute from his home base of Garnant, a village near Swansea, to the U-Fit Gym in Cardiff Bay three times a week. The move will allow Jenkins to link-up with the support network of Lockett’s stable, including nutritionist Jordan Jones, experienced UFC cut man Bob Plant and conditioning coach Dan Forbes.

Jenkins now will train alongside the likes of unbeaten British and Commonwealth super-welterweight champion Liam ‘The Machine’ Williams and British middleweight titlist Nick ‘Bang Bang’ Blackwell. The group also includes fellow domestic title contender and West Walian welterweight Dale ‘Big Boy’ Evans, super-middleweight novice prospect Alex ‘Bad News’ Hughes and a former Cwmgors Boxing Club team-mate, super-featherweight Zack Davies.

Since picking up the gloves as a child, Jenkins had always been taught by his uncle and mentor Ronnie Morris. The pair enjoyed many successes together, including an appearance at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia at the age of just 17, making Jenkins one of the youngest boxers ever to represent Wales at a major senior level international event.

When the father-of-twins turned professional in 2012, he did so on a sequence of small hall shows under the radar but it wasn’t long before he was known by the wider British public. In Jenkins’ 10th fight, he captured the Prizefighter tournament trophy and took the Sky Sports camera by storm on just three weeks notice. That victory was followed by a WBC International bauble and Jenkins was made mandatory for the vacant Lord Lonsdale British title.

A series of injuries, illnesses and incidents delayed the challenge but Jenkins fought to a majority decision draw with Huddersfield’s tricky Tyrone Nurse in July. When the prospects rematched in November, Nurse was knocked down heavily in the fifth round but pipped another competitive contest on points and Jenkins was again hindered by deep cuts.

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