WELSH PRIDE UNDERCARD: TURLEY, JENKINS, GOLDSMITH

On the undercard of Sanigar Events’ ‘Welsh Pride’ show at the Merthyr Leisure Centre, Robbie Turley (12-4, 2KO) came back from a two year break from boxing to out-point awkward African Michael Ramabeletsa (11-12, 5KO). Irregularities on Turley’s brain scan in 2012 promoted the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) to suspend Turley’s license but after a lengthy battle, which included detailed and expensive neurological and scientific help, the 27-year-old’s license was reinstated and he was allowed to box again. Cefn Fforest’s Turley, who credits his father Chris for the comeback, also had to overcome depression during his ring absence. Given all the circumstances, Preston based Ramabeletsa was a bold opponent to come back to and Turley was wary of his opponent’s long arms in the opener. However, the Welshman soon settled in to his rhythm to score with his right cross. In the third round, a left hook cut Ramabeletsa’s right eye and Turley target that injury for the remainder of the fight. The fourth was another successful round for Turley who landed flush left hooks to the body and he even spent time in the southpaw stance. Turley was forced to fend off a Ramabeletsa in the fifth round as the African’s jab measured the range well and landed solid shots when Turley became guilty of holding his chin too high. However, Turley regained shape in the sixth round to edge out a solid opponent. Referee Reece Carter scored the contest 59-57 in favour of Turley who is still Welsh and Celtic super-bantamweight champion and he’s now aiming at a British title shot. WBC International and Prizefighter light-welterweight champion Chris ‘Rock n Rolla’ Jenkins (14-0, 6KO) looked ultra impressive again and he needed just half a round to dispatch of Bulgaria’s Asan Yuseinov (13-8-2, 7KO). The Welshman stalked his opponent behind a high guard and a snapping jab before quickly finding the mid-section. After testing Yuseinov’s mid-section, Cwmgors’ Jenkins stepped in with a left hook to the body and Yuseinov tumbled to the canvas in pain and  he couldn’t beat referee Clarke Joslyn’s count. Jenkins would now like to contest a British title eliminator and he’s expected to fight on Matchroom Sport’s show in May at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena. Newport’s welterweight Adam Goldsmith (2-0-1) picked up a 39-38 points victory over Gloucester’s Lewis Van Poetsch (3-9). It was a routine first round for Goldsmith who stayed sharp and he didn’t over-exert himself. However, he was made to work harder in the final three rounds as Van Poetsch waited for Goldsmith to overreach before countering the Welshman. Goldsmith was always one step ahead though and he dug it during the final round, spending the majority of it forcing the fight on the front foot and that was the difference.

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