JENKINS TOO GOOD FOR OWN GOOD

Swansea’s Chris Jenkins (12-0, 5KO) thinks that he might be too good for his own good as the search for an opponent goes on. There’s just two weeks to go until Jenkins appears on Matchroom Sport’s show at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on February 1st and the 24-year-old is still searching for someone to lock horns with. He said, “Since Prizefighter I’ve been too good for my own good. My record is 12-0 but they’re making me out as if I’m better than what I am at the moment and it’s scaring other boys away. I know I’m a talent but there’s a lot of boys out there who have proven a lot more than myself. “There’s one lad who I’m interested in myself but its my team’s decision, whether they want me to fight him or not. They’re working on something good for myself, possibly a title fight of some sort but if not, I’ll be doing an eight rounder. I need to step up now and this opponent that we have in mind will be a step up, hopefully I come out with the win and show everyone how good I am.” While Cwmgors Boxing Club coaches Ronnie Morris and Jimmy Bloomfield haven’t let Jenkins slip in training, he’s admitted that it would be easier with an opponent to focus on. He said, “When I’m in the gym, I’m training 100% with tunnel vision and my main goals to win on February 1st, but obviously when you get a name and know who you’re fighting, it does boost you again and you train even harder again, y’know? I’ll be ready for whoever it is. “In a way it has been frustrating, I’ve had a good six weeks notice but we’re two weeks before the fight and I still haven’t got an opponent confirmed but I’m professional and I’m ready for anyone. I just want to get the rounds in, step up in opponent and maybe a little title, then go for the British title at the end of 2014.” Jenkins, who shot to prominence last summer with a storming win in the Prizefighter tournament, is targeting a challenge to the British title later this year but he knows he has to face sterner opposition to prepare him for a title shot and he wants to. He said, “When you’re boxing someone and you’ve stepped up a class and they’re willing to have a go at you and throw some shots, it leaves them open and it might be longer rounds but there’s gaps for you to knock them out. “Rather than going in with someone there for a pay day, you’re having someone who’s there to win. There’s good and bad things about boxing a journeyman and there’s good and bad things about boxing someone a step up, y’know? My team knows I need to step up and I want it, we’re ready for it.” Darren Hamilton, the current British champion, will defend his title against Curtis Woodhouse in Hull on February 22nd and should he successfully retain his title for the third time, Hamilton will own the Lonsdale belt forever and Jenkins expects it to then be vacated. Jenkins said, “Honestly, if I was in his shoes, I’d win it outright and I’d vacate it to move on to bigger honours like a European title. Hamilton will have done everything on the domestic scene in Britain but it’s normally best to move onwards and up. “I can see Hamilton winning, only because he’s been around a little bit longer than Curtis but it’s a decent fight, I’ll definitely be watching.” Aside from Prizefighter, 2013 also included some much needed rounds for Jenkins, 24 in total. After initially blitzing the pro ranks, he is grateful for the rounds which have allowed him to develop better learn lessons. He said, “I boxed Mark McKray in my last fight, it went the full six rounds and Laurent Ferra went the full six before him. So, that’s twelve rounds in my last two fights and it’s been good for me. Now, I’d love to be doing an eight rounder or possibly a ten rounder. “Even if you’re grafting hard in the gym, you know you’re fit enough to do the rounds but you need to show it in the ring. You need to feel it in the ring, it’s all different there, y’know?” On the same night as Jenkins’ next outing, his fellow Welsh light-welterweights Jason Cook and Tony Pace will contest the Welsh title. With many observers predicting that it could be Fight of the Night, it’s the type of fight Jenkins wants to be involved in and he looks on with interest. He said, “I hope Cookie knocks him out. Cookie hasn’t just been great for Welsh boxing, he’s been great for British boxing in general. He’s achieved so much and I just think he deserves to go out on a high and I just hope he’s good on the night. “Tony is young, fresh and game. He’s coming to prove something. Cookie might have age on his side, maybe making the weight won’t be on his side but it’s going to be an interesting fight, it’s going to be a typical war. If Cookie does land, Pace will feel it. “I said it to myself when I first turned pro, I’d love to win the Welsh title. If I’ve got to go for a different title like some international title or a Masters title, it’s no skin off my nose but obviously I want to fight for the Welsh title. After Cookie against Pace, maybe I’ll put my name forward again to try and box for it.” Jenkins’ manager Paul Boyce has secured a slot on the undercard of Ricky Burns’ world title defence in Scotland on St David’s Day, March 1st. It’s likely to be another eight round contest and after a Welsh title fight would be natural progression. 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