Results round-up: Jenkins defeated in British title bid, Harris continues stoppage streak

Results round-up: Jenkins defeated in British title bid, Harris continues stoppage streak

On Saturday, Garnant’s Chris ‘Rock n Rolla’ Jenkins (16-1-1, 8KO) suffered the first defeat of his three year professional career.

The 27-year-old Welshman was aiming to become his country’s first British champion in the 140lb weight category but dropped a points decision to Huddersfield’s tricky Tyrone Nurse (32-2-1, 6KO). Nurse collected the super-lightweight Lord Lonsdale strap courtesy of a Unanimous Decision and deceptively wide scorecards of 115-112 (Dave Parris), 115-112 (Phil Edwards) and 116-111 (Terry O’Connor).

They originally fought to a Majority Decision draw in July and returned to the same venue, the Manchester Arena, on the undercard of Matchroom Sport’s ‘Pride of Manchester’ show, live on Sky Sports.

Jenkins, managed by Swansea stalwart Paul Boyce, began brightly to the rematch and banked the opening rounds before a repeat cut derailed his momentum in rounds three and four. Just like their first encounter, Jenkins was clearly in discomfort and bleeding heavily, this time from an accidental elbow to his scalp.

Nurse was more willing to engage and it almost proved costly in the fifth round when he opted against his usual shoulder roll defence, leaving an opening for Jenkins’ right hand. The booming backhand sent Nurse crashing to the canvas with his head in between Jenkins’ legs, clutching the pins as he attempted to regain his senses.

Once referee Steve Gray wrestled the pair apart and completed his count, Jenkins steamed on to the front foot and looked to gain a foothold in the fight but Nurse effectively shut down the attacks by smothering all the close quarters combat for the remaining half of the session.

Instead of building on the success, the Ronnie Morris trained contender settled behind his jab, leaving Nurse to recover and regroup. At one point, Jenkins’ right hand recoiled and he appeared to wince in pain, leaving Nurse collect very closely contested middle rounds with his pot shots and counterpunches.

Late on, a further cut hindered Jenkins but it was a strong finish for the Cwmgors Boxing Club member in the championship rounds and he seemed full of confidence at the final bell, until Master of Ceremonies Craig Stephen announced the scorecards.

Last night in London, Swansea’s super-flyweight Jay Harris (7-0, 4KO) extended his knockout streak to four straight stoppages. The 25-year-old, son of former British champion Peter Harris, needed less than three completed sessions to halt the once beaten David Kroos (4-2, 1KO). Kroos had previously visited Britain in October when he extended the opinion splitting Luqmaan Marino Patel (3-0, 1KO) to the final bell.

In the run up to the undercard contest, the flyweight ‘Prince’ launched a bizarre verbal attack of Ely’s former WBO world super-featherweight champion Barry Jones. Harris’ contest was scheduled for six rounds and took place on a charity show hosted by Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren at the Hilton Hotel in Mayfair, London.

The show raised money for the Nordoff Robbins UK charity, a specialist music organisation that delivers music therapy to transform the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. Harris, who is managed by Gary Lockett and quickly becoming a renown body puncher, has recently been joined in the 8st 3lbs weight category by Barry Town’s ex-Olympian Andrew Selby (2-0, 2KO). If the pair continue on their paths, a meeting for a significant title in years to come would be one of Wales’ most intriguing match-ups.

Image by Matchroom Sport.

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