JENKINS STAYS SHARP IN SWANSEA / UNDERCARD REPORT

Swansea star Chris ‘Rock N Rolla’ Jenkins (12-0, 5KO) finished his 2013 with a decision win as he overcame the game journeyman Mark McKray (5-23-1, 4KO) in the city’s Oceana nightclub. It was the Paul Boyce promoted boxer’s eighth outing of the calendar year and he’s earned a rest over the Christmas weeks, especially of his right hand which he told BoxingWales he felt pain in during the first round of tonight’s fight. Although owner of a reputation for spiteful punches, Jenkins instead opted to use his speed for skill and he established his jab early on. As was expected, Jenkins  opted to circle McKray who is as dangerous as a journeyman can be, shown with his four knockout wins over prospects just like Jenkins. The first three rounds were very similar as McKray followed Jenkins and walked on to a lot of jabs, many of which were more like hard straight lefts. The counters from Jenkins were occasionally backed up right hands to McKray’s body but it was evident that he wasn’t committed to putting his full weight behind his back hand. In the fourth round, McKray seemed to decide to walk through Jenkins’ jab and although he didn’t land much, he did succeed in rushing the Welshman and making it a scrappy enough round to take it. However, normal service resumed in the closing fifth and sixth rounds where Jenkins was able to re-establish his jab and back it up with right uppercuts. Referee Clarke Joslyn scored the bout 59-56. Injury permitting, Jenkins is next expected to appear in the ring on Matchroom Sports’ show in Cardiff in February. Although too polite to say it himself, Jenkins is the best available and most deserving challenger should Jason Cook defend his Welsh light-welterweight title in his farewell fight. UNDERCARD RESULTS: Result of the night came courtesy of Ammanford’s Leon ‘Lasha’ Findlay (5-3-1, 2KO) who stopped James ‘Lights Out’ Lilley (6-4, 1KO) in just two rounds. The light-middleweight bout was evenly matched and balanced in the opener as both prodded and probed the other’s defence. The breakthrough came in round two when Findlay landed a two fisted assault that forced Lilley down and when he rose, referee Martin Williams waved the contest off which sparked a strong protest from Lilley who claimed it was premature. Heavyweight Darren Morgan (7-4, 5KO) needed just 90-something seconds to record his fifth career knockout against the overmatched and much smaller Remigijus Ziausys (20-56-4, 10KO). It was the Latvian imports 80th appearance in a professional ring but he was made to look like a novice as he stumbled in the opening seconds from a Morgan jab that missed. The Swansea man followed up the attack and pinned Ziausys to the ropes, a telling punch eventually found it’s target and it dropped the career cruiserweight. Shortly after, Morgan had Ziausys on the ropes again and referee Clarke Joslyn stopped the one sided contest when nothing was returning. Lightweight Greg Pickin (5-0, 2KO) returned from a hand injury to do what boxers should do against awkward journeymen, the basics. The soon to be 32-year-old defeated Kristian Laight (7-164-7) over four rounds via a 40-35 scorecard. To start with, Pickin pressured and pushed Laight on to the backfoot but when Laight made things messy up close as the fight went on, Pickin used his feet to find his range and step in with accurate pot shots. 21-year-old Tom Jones (2-0) took on a real tough task for just his second outing when he agreed to fight the undefeated Ainsley Seivwright (2-1) and took on an opponent that many wouldn’t so early in to their career but he now reaps the rewards, having won via a scorecard of 39-37. Seivwright appeared to take the opener with the slightly cleaner work as Jones held his head a tad too high but the Welshman re-composed and deserved the win due to his extra energy and enthusiasm. IMAGE BY CIARAN GIBBONS YOU CAN WATCH ALL THE ACTION HERE

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