Robbie Turley knocks out Bobby Jenkinson to capture Commonwealth title

Robbie Turley knocks out Bobby Jenkinson to capture Commonwealth title

By Dewi Powell: Cefn Fforest’s Robbie Turley (18-6, 4KO) achieved a decade long dream by stopping Lincolnshire’s Bobby Jenkinson (10-3-1, 2KO) in nine rounds to win a major domestic title.

The super-bantamweight headlined Sanigar Events’ Acid Test show and secured the vacant Commonwealth belt at the Newport Centre – the same venue he made his debut at 10 years ago.

Turley, 30, typically attempted to counter on the back foot and Jenkinson didn’t waste any time in tracking him down, almost running across the ring to close the distance.

The bullish approach came at a cost as Jenkinson was caught off balance and put down in the second round.  Despite a brief protest, referee Victor Loughlin administered a count. It was back to forward gear moments later and Jenkinson  bundled Turley through the ropes in response.

Jenkinson’s non-stop attacks finally slowed in the fourth round and Turley was able to gradually edge forward, stepping in with thudding potshots. Jenkinson, who held the title until a year ago, gave more thought to his work from then on, including a crafty low blow that was spotted by the official.

After five sessions of shoulder-to-shoulder exchanges, Turley attempted to re-establish his range in the sixth. This time, Jenkinson wasn’t as forthright in following Turley and he slightly slowed. It afforded Turley time and he landed more solid counters, causing claret to flow from Jenkinson’s nose and staggering him to conclude the sixth round.

Jenkinson found the will to return for the seventh but he was again on the receiving end, attempting to sway to the sides to evade Turley’s attacks. The Englishman was able to smother some of Turley’s work but the tide had firmly turned.

Like a Jack in the box, Turley would often disappear out of Jenkinson’s eye-line, springing upwards with uppercuts that were difficult to predict. While Jenkinson’s bravery can never be doubted, the former champion’s poker face was less convincing.

The home crowd could sense when Jenkinson felt shots, spurring Turley on to attack again. The former Welsh and Celtic champion had to work hard for the lead he built as Jenkinson still pressed forward in the eighth.

That undying desire proved to be Jenkinson’s undoing in the ninth. Turley sunk a right hook to Jenkinson’s torso, sinking him to the canvas and the visitor’s corner wisely threw the towel in before the referee counted to 10.

Turley was bidding to become just the third Welshman to win the Commonwealth belt at super-bantamweight, following in the footsteps of countrymen Jamie Arthur and Neil Swain. Highlights of the show will be broadcast on S4C’s Y Ffeit programme on Wednesday 12th April.

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