Welsh trio close in on British title chances

Welsh trio close in on British title chances

Swansea’s Chris ‘Rock n Rolla’ Jenkins (15-0, 7KO) has been installed as the mandatory challenger for the British title. The light-welterweight will have to face Scotland’s Willie Limmond (38-4, 10KO) to win the historic Lord Lonsdale belt. The monthly circular from the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) stated that the title is vacant, only four months after Limmond won it with a Majority Decision win over Curtis Woodhouse. Yeaterday, the BBBoC stated that purse bids must be submitted by 12:00pm on Wednesday, 12th November 2014 and the contest must take place by the end of February 2015. The decision comes as Jenkins, 26, was left without an opponent for an eliminator after Liverpool’s Tom Stalker withdrew just three weeks before their scheduled meeting. The Welshman’s manager Paul Boyce was hasty in arranging a replacement bout and Jenkins is scheduled to appear on Sanigar Events’ Dragon Fire show in Merthyr Tydfil on October 24th. Huddersfield’s Tyrone Nurse had earlier been nominated to face Limmond but he’s now out of the picture having been out-pointed by Dave ‘Rocky’ Ryan for the Commonwealth title last week. Meanwhile, the BBBoC also claimed that rising Rhondda star Liam ‘The Machine’ Williams (10-0-1, 5KO) has agreed terms to challenge British champion Liam Smith (17-0-1, 7KO). The light-middleweights sparred two years ago at Amir Khan’s Gloves Community Centre and they’re expected to fight for real in early 2015, although the date and venue is yet to be confirmed. Both boxers are promoted by Frank Warren and they’re scheduled to appear in separate bouts in Smith’s hometown of Liverpool on October 25th. Williams will face Stepan Horvath (12-4, 4KO) at the Echo Arena, while Smith’s opponent for an IBF Inter-Continental title challenge is yet to be set. Their next fights will be broadcast on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437, Virgin Ch. 546). Cefn Fforest’s Robbie Turley (13-5, 3KO) will face Devon’s Jamie Speight (12-6, 1KO) in a British title eliminator. The super-bantamweights will meet in Bristol over a ten round contest. The exact date isn’t yet confirmed but Sanigar Events have told BoxingWales.com that it will be held in late November. Turley, Welsh and Celtic champion in the 122lb weight category, is returning from a stoppage defeat following a failed revenge attempt against Dai Davies in July. The 27-year-old, who trains at St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport, played his part in a classic and round seven of his rematch with Davies is a contender for Welsh boxing’s Round of the Year 2014. Speight is a two weight Southern Area champion with title wins featherweight and super-featherweight. Eight of Speight’s 18 professional contests have been ten rounders and he scored his first career stoppage in his last contest, forcing the corner of the once beaten Craig Whyatt to throw the towel in. The Englishman turned professional at lightweight but ventured to super-bantamweight twice in the past, losing both contests on points. The current British title is vacant and it will be contested by part-Welshman Josh Wale (16-6-2, 9KO) and Liverpool’s James ‘Jazza’ Dickens in the new year.

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