Morris: The betting is nonsense, Jenkins-Nurse is a 50-50 fight

Morris: The betting is nonsense, Jenkins-Nurse is a 50-50 fight

“I think it’s way wide. They have Chris at 2/9 on and Tyrone at 3/1. The betting on that is nonsense. I think Chris will win but I think it’s a 50-50 fight, maybe 55-45 in our favour but it’s nowhere near a 3/1 fight.”

That’s the warning from Ronnie Morris as his charge Chris ‘Rock n Rolla’ Jenkins (16-0, 8KO) enters Saturday’s fight against Tyrone Nurse (31-2, 6KO) as a huge favourite with the bookmakers.

The light-welterweights meet in an intriguing trade fight for the vacant British light-welterweight title at the Manchester Arena, live on Sky Sports. Not only does Jenkins gamble his unbeaten record on Matchroom Sport’s ‘High Stakes’ show, he may also make history.

Newbridge’s Gavin Rees achieved the ultimate goal in 2007 when he sprung an upset on Souleymane M’baye for the WBA world ten-stone title in Cardiff. ‘The Rock’ bypassed the British title and three years later, Maesteg’s Jason Cook was unable to capture it when he pushed belt holder Lenny Daws to a Split Decision draw, meaning Jenkins could be the first Welshman ever to lift the 140lbs Lord Lonsdale strap.

Morris, who has trained Jenkins since he was a young teenager, said: “No, I don’t think so, he isn’t feeling any pressure. He takes it in his stride, to be honest with you. He’s seemed a little bit more determined on it now because it’s for the British title, especially after the couple of chances he originally had.”

Those understated ‘couple of chances’ have been a rough road for Jenkins, who has endured a disheartening series of events, even if he hasn’t taken a punch on route. One way or another, Jenkins’ bad luck has found a way to postpone his British title chance and Morris admits to ‘losing track’ of everything that happened.

The culmination of training full on for a six month period, amidst pull-outs, show cancellations and rescheduled dates, took it’s toll on the 26-year-old in April. Just three days before the former Prizefighter and WBC International champion was first due to fight Nurse in Leeds, he was struck down with a serious stomach virus and hospitalised.

Reflecting on his role, which has recently included responsibilities to manage Jenkins’ mentality, Morris said: “It’s been hard, very hard [to keep Jenkins focused]. That’s why it all means so much to him. When he collapsed, he had been in camp for about six months straight. With the rescheduling and what not, he couldn’t take a proper break or nothing. He’s had it hard but we’re still here.

“That’s the thing… in fact, it [the virus] was a blessing in disguise because he needed a break. He had a fortnight off then, after he was rushed in to hospital like, and that’s rejuvenated him, y’know? He came a lot fresher after that whole episode then.”

Morris and his team, which also includes Steph Davies, have been preparing the game plan at Cwmgors Boxing Club, based next to the playing field of the local rugby team. This time though, it’s being developed over a course of ten weeks, not ten days. Morris was tight lipped on Jenkin’s tactics but knows what type of fight to expect.

He said: “I think Nurse will be on the back foot and Chris will have to cut the ring down, be busy and get after him. I think it’ll be a cracking bout, the styles will blend. It’s not going to be as easy as some people are saying because Tyrone is there to win the bloody belt.

“He’s quite a good fighter, very skillful boy and he can make you look silly. He had a couple of bad rounds against Dave Ryan [a Majority Decision loss for the Commonwealth title in October], being dropped by a jab twice, but he came back well after that. You can’t underestimate him and we’re not.”

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