JENKINS SHARES SELBY SPAR

Light-welterweight Chris Jenkins (14-0, 6KO) has been preparing for his latest pit stop on the road to a British title challenge by sparring Lonsdale belt holder Lee Selby. The pair were once training on the same Welsh amateur squads and they will share a show again on Matchroom Sport’s ‘The Second Coming’ show at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on May 17th. Jenkins has travelled to the St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport to spar with Selby and aims to follow in his footsteps. Selby has won all five of his British featherweight title fights, winning the historic Lonsdale belt outright to own forever and Jenkins wants to replicate the achievement. Speaking of the spar, Jenkins said, “I’ve been going up there since my last fight. I was meant to spar with Selby then but he wasn’t yet in camp properly but for this fight now, we sorted out some sparring and it was really good. “It was competitive, neither of us had the better of the other. People would pay to watch that type of spar. He’s lighter than me, so not as much power buthe is so, so sharp. They call him ‘The Welsh Mayweather’ for a reason and he does these little things that my opponents may do in the future when I move up in levels.” Since turning professional just over two years ago, Jenkins has made rapid progress, picking up a Prizefighter tournament win and the WBC International title. Next Saturday, Jenkins will face Miguel Aguilar (10-7, 5KO) but he admits to not knowing anything of his opponent. Explaining his outlook, Jenkins said, “I don’t know anything about him really, only what there is on BoxRec about his record. I did see a fight of his against Scott Cardle, he’s a dirty fighter and I’m ready for that. “I watch a little bit of my opponents but if I watch two much of them, I get even more psyched up then and it’s not good for me being psyched up weeks before a fight. I’ll watch more of my opponent the day before the fight, so I don’t get psyched up around my family. I’m just given tactics to work on in the gym and that’s what I’m going to work on for fight night.” The light-welterweight division is bursting with contenders eager to challenge British champion Curtis Woodhouse but next up for the Yorkshireman is a domestic unification against Commonwealth champion Willie Limmond. The bout is scheduled for July 27th at the Braehead Arena in Scotland and Jenkins keen to be on the undercard. He said, “Fingers crossed, touch wood, pray to Jesus or whatever I’m supposed to do… hopefully if I do good on Saturday, I can get back on the undercard of Woodhouse and Limmond. It’ll look good on TV and then who knows, maybe a title shot in the summer. “People may say they’re old, people may say that age might have caught up with Limmond more than Woodhouse… but who knows, it’s boxing. The two of them can punch, it could be the first one to land with a big shot.” The 25-year-old has been kept busy as a professional, May 17th will be Jenkins’ third outing of 2014 and he’s targeting as many more as he can get. Jenkins said, “I boxed in March but I wouldn’t say it was a fight because it only lasted a minute and forty seconds, y’know? I had a couple of days off but that was mainly to recharge my batteries and have some family time with my wife and my kids. When I came back, the first few weeks of camp was all strength training and the last three weeks have been about speed and technical stuff. “I think if I get another three or four fights this year, that’ll do but I’m at that stage where I’m in touching distance of the British championship. All I’ve got to do is keep doing what I’m doing, winning. As long as I keep winning, getting the rounds in, I’m happy.” Tickets are on sale now priced at £30, £40 and £60 ringside available from www.livenation.co.uk or by calling 02920 22 44 88. VIP Packages priced £120 are available from www.matchroomboxing.com or by calling 01277 359900.

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