JENKINS LEARNS NEW LEVEL LESSONS

Cwmgors’ Chris Jenkins (13-0, 5KO) won his first career title on Saturday with a shut-out points victory over ten rounds against France’s Christopher Sebire (22-7, 9KO) for the WBC International title and he has learned plenty of lessons. The 24-year-old had to overcome an ear injury at the midway stage of the fight and it, along with his opponents efforts, altered his tactics on Matchroom Sport’s ‘Reloaded’ show but it was an experience he believes benefited his development. Analysing the fight, Jenkins said, “I didn’t box to the game plan but I knew what I was doing in the fight was right because I could just feel how it was going in there. At the end of the fight, the scorecards showed that, the way I was fighting won me the fight and I can adapt. “I knew my ear was cut straight away, the ref told me too and in the corner it didn’t bother us. It’s a professional game and you have to stick to what you have to do no matter what happens, you still have to go win the fight. “I think I flew it, the fitness is there. To be honest, I think it was in round eight and I had so much more in the tank, when I come out for it I wasn’t breathing heavy and I know I can step it up again next time.” Sibere, a switch hitter who has won the French light-welterweight title, did begin well but soon entered his shell and there were stages of the fight where both boxers were cagey and Jenkins was mindful of it. He said, “I know I couldn’t really catch him as clean as I’d like, he’s an awkward fighter. I was too afraid to throw silly shots in case he countered me, so I just stuck to the jab and it worked all night, it made him look like a mug at times. “He was slick. As soon as I caught him in the third round with a body shot, I knew it hurt him and he just covered up from then. I’ve got the win over him though, job done and I want to go onwards now on to the next one against another good guy.” In the main event, Barry’s Lee Selby shone by adding the European title to his collection in front of a sold out Motorpoint Arena and Jenkins hopes to follow in his fellow Welshman’s footsteps but it won’t include the Welsh title. He said, “I look up to Selby because he did it the right way, I want to go a similar route. He won a WBC International title, the British title and everything else. If I can do half of what Selby’s doing, I’ll be well happy and I’ll be going in the right direction. “There’s no point going back now. I’ve taken two steps forward now and fighting for the Welsh title would be like a step back. It’s all about levels and I think I’ve passed that level now, I’m a level above the Welsh title and those opponents. I’d love to have won it but I was offered a bigger title, I’ve taken it, won it and I move on.”

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