Jenkins off and Williams on Liverpool show
Thomas ‘The Captain’ Stalker (9-0, 2KO) has withdrawn from his British title eliminator with Swansea’s Chris ‘Rock and Rolla’ Jenkins (15-0, 7KO). The light-welterweights were due to clash on Frank Warren’s ‘The Magnificent Seven’ show but the Scouser has chosen to fight against a different opponent, leaving Jenkins without a contest to compete in. Despite his promoter winning purse bids to secure Stalker home advantage at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, he has backed out and agreed to face Manchester’s Jack Catterall (9-0, 5KO) for the vacant and lightly regarded WBO European title. Stalker, who captained Team GB at the London Olympics in 2012, justified the decision by Tweeting, “who can blame me fighting
@jack_catt93 for a world ranking and better money #ItsJustBuisness.” Jenkins has been preparing for the contest for the last five weeks and his manager Paul Boyce is now likely to lobby the British Boxing Board of Control to make the Welshman mandatory for the title. Scotland’s Willie Limmond is the current champion and he is already mandated to defend it against Yorkshire’s Tyrone Nurse before the end of 2014. Meanwhile, Liam ‘The Machine’ Williams (10-0-1, 5KO) has been added to the same show as he builds towards a British title shot. The light-middleweight from the Rhondda Valleys, who last fought in July when he stopped Manchester’s Ronnie Heffron in six rounds, is without an opponent having only been added to the show in the last few days. Williams will be an interested observer to Liam Smith’s IBF Inter-Continental title fight, having been named mandatory challenger to the Scouser’s British title earlier this month. Smith is also without an opponent but an announcement is expected soon as the show is less than a month away. Last weekend, Williams completed Men’s Health’s ‘Survival of the Fittest’ assault course and came 12th out of 6,000 entrants. The 22-year-old was raising money for Greater Ormond Street Hospital, click here to donate. Image by Matchroom Sport.