Swansea light-welterweight star Chris Jenkins (11-0, 5KO) started the Welsh boxing season off by shining in Scotland in a hard and highly competitive six round decision win over French tough nut Laurent Ferra (13-13-4, 4KO). Despite winning via a 60-55 scorecard, Jenkins (10st 12oz) was made to work for his victory and suffered another cut for his troubles courtesy of a head clash and it wouldn’t be the only time Ferra (10st 2lbs 12oz) roughed Jenkins up. Outmatched in the skill and speed departments, Ferra opted to walk Jenkins down and force him to fight. Unfortunately for Ferra, Jenkins was happy to oblige as he circled the Frenchman and used his full arsenal, upstairs and down, to stay a few steps ahead. The cut above Jenkins’ left eye needed constant attention from cornerman Jimmy Bloomfield but Jenkins’ appeared comfortable throughout. By the final stanza, Jenkins had regained his range and stopped Ferra in his tracks. By seizing centre ring, Jenkins could showcase his attributes and looked as good as anyone could against Ferra. The win-one-lose-one Frenchman competed as high as light-heavyweight in the amateurs and he would provide a stern test for any up-and-comer. Credit must go to Jenkins’ manager and promoter, Paul Boyce, who worked with Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn to get the Welshman on a big world title show. Jenkins wasn’t hid down the undercard either, he was given a slot and exposure on Sky Sports’ Red Button coverage that will keep the momentum going following his Prizefighter tournament victory in July. It was a good learning fight for Jenkins and it’ll benefit him when he moves through the levels – which could be a Welsh Area or British Masters title shot. It’s deserved reward for Cwmgor’s ABC head trainer Ronnie Morris who has trained Jenkins since he was 11-year-old and for Boyce who has invested in South-West Welsh boxing when nobody else was prepared to. Boyce’s next show is at Swansea’s Oceana nightclub on Saturday September 14th and it features Welsh super-middleweight champion Tobias Webb, James Todd, James Lilley, Tom Jones and Darren Morgan.

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