Jenkins weighs-in ahead of history bid with Nurse

Jenkins weighs-in ahead of history bid with Nurse

Earlier this afternoon, Swansea’s Chris Jenkins (16-0, 8KO) weighed in for his vacant British title fight against Hudderfield’s Tyrone Nurse (31-2, 6KO).

The light-welterweights both came under the limit of 10st [140bs] with Jenkins tipping the scales at 9st 13lbs and Nurse a comparative 9st 13lbs 8oz. An uneventful stare off was the last time 26-year-old Jenkins, nicknamed ‘Rock n Rolla’, will see Nurse before they meet at the Manchester Arena tomorrow night, on the undercard of Matchroom Sport’s stacked ‘High Stakes’ show.

There was little body language to analyse as the pair remained relaxed and respectful in front of the cameras and crowds at Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens. Should Jenkins win, he’ll become the first Welshman to win the Lord Lonsdale light-welterweight belt.

Ronnie Morris, Head Coach at Cwmgors Boxing Club, told earlier this week that his charge won’t feel the pressure and it seemed evident. In an age when many boxers take full advantage of the 30+ hour rehydration period to put on a significant amount of weight, Nurse is expected to rehydrate even beyond the welterweight [10st 7lbs/ 147lbs] division. Jenkins, who is managed by Paul Boyce, is three inches shorter and unlikely to gain as much weight before fight night.

With a neutral host city and neither signed to promoter Eddie Hearn, neither boxer appears to own any outside-the-ring advantages and the outcome should be, rightfully, determined by their styles, tactics and application. Nurse, whose not a noted puncher, is expected to circle the ring, enticing Jenkins on to his front foot while attempting to stay a step ahead.

If the Yorkshireman opts to box that way, the job for Jenkins will be to apply the pressure and close the gap, fighting at mid-to-short range. It’s accepted that Jenkins has a higher work rate and that may be the difference between the pair, allowing him to seize the moments when they arise. Nurse will look for Jenkins to overreach as he approaches but the Welshman owns an underrated jab that should disrupt Nurse’s rhythm long enough to allow Jenkins to get inside where he can unlock his best punch, a left hook to the liver.

Jenkins must be prepared to be held and hugged when he’s close, Nurse’s long arms aren’t naturally suited to close conflict so he’s likely to attempt to nullify Jenkins’ body attack. There’s a notable size difference between the pair and Nurse is usually deceptive but effective in applying that advantage, often remaining remarkably relaxed to save energy when clinching as his opponent tenses up. That physical size will aim to drain and sap Jenkins’ energy, slowing the waves of attack and Nurse will hope it helps him to gain more of a foothold in the fight as it goes on.

If Nurse can’t deter his typically tenacious opponent and Jenkins can set the pace, it’s not unreasonable to expect the Welshman to prevail in a competitive encounter.

Broadcasting on Sky Sports will commence at 7:00pm and Jenkins’s fight will kick off the coverage. The vacant British title fight between Sam Eggington and Glenn Foot will follow with St Clears’ Dale Evans hopeful of facing the winner.

The show is headlined by hometown hero Anthony Crolla, a former opponent of Gavin Rees, who challenges Darleys Perez for the WBA world lightweight title.

The co-main event sees Bury’s super-bantamweight Scott Quigg, who defeated Cwmbran’s Jamie Arthur in 2011, defending his WBA Regular world strap against former belt holder Kiko Martinez.

Image by Matchroom Sport.

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