I’m not afraid of the Irish GGG – I’ll break his ribs claims Jenkins

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Welshman Chris Jenkins [16(8)-1(0)-1] has been out of the ring for almost a year, but he has no problems jumping straight back into a big fight with Dublin’s Phil Sutcliffe Jr [11(7)-1(0)].

Since his competitive loss to British champion Tyrone Nurse, the Garnant light welter has been out of action. He admits to having become disillusioned with the sport, but has refound his hunger under new trainer Gary Lockett.

Their first fight together takes place tomorrow night on the Belfast Boxnation show at the Titanic Exhibition Centre against Crumlin’s Sutcliffe and Jenkins is not bothered by the big-punching Irishman.

“I don’t care if he’s got a reputation as the GGG of Ireland, honest to God it doesn’t bother me,” he told Irish-Boxing,com

“I’ve had good sparring in the gym with Josh Taylor, it doesn’t bother me.”

Indeed Jenkins feels that his own power should be respected, and explained how “I’m not being funny, but when you’ve 8oz gloves on and you swing and you catch someone you’re going to hurt them.”

“It’s boxing, if I catch him with one of my body shots I’ll break his ribs.”

While a win for Sutcliffe would be the perfect pole vault into the mix, Jenkins too has a lot riding on the fight and is desperate to get back among the top names in Britain.

He described how “more through inactivity, I’ve fallen down [the British 140lbs pecking order]. It’s a new When I win, win in style, show a new me, I’ll be right back up there in the Top Ten where I had been the last couple of years.”

“I’m gonna win, simple as that, boom.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie