Chris Jenkins is ready to put ‘the hardest period as a pro’ behind him when he returns at the Manchester Arena on July 18.
Jenkins moved to 16-0 in October as he continued to build on the momentum from his Prizefighter triumph , but a run of bad luck has kept him on the side lines – and the Welshman is ready to unleash months of frustration in his first British title fight.
“In truth it has been my hardest period as a professional but I feel that things are on the up and I expect to come back with a bang against Tyrone Nurse,” said Jenkins.
“It’s been nearly 10 months out for me when July 18 comes round. I was close to boxing Tom Stalker before Christmas, then the Anthony Crolla show was cancelled due to his horrific injury where I was due to face Willie Limond for the British title on that card.
“We were supposed to fight again in Leeds in April for the belt and then I collapsed in the gym. I had picked up a stomach virus, had a slight headache and I pushed myself to go to the gym and looking back it wasn’t the greatest choice. I spent the night in hospital and initially they thought it was food poisoning but that wasn’t the case.
“I’m glad to be getting back in the ring in a big fight. Tyrone is a tall and rangy fighter, he’s a slick boxer but he showed against Dave Ryan that he can be beat.
“I always feel confident that a fighter can beat a boxer, I know what to expect and I’ll put the pressure on him. I’ll take him to places he hasn’t been before – I can tell he thinks he will simply just outbox me, but he is in for a shock.”