Scott Jenkins is taking a few months out of the ring to conquer health and weight issues, following the loss of his unbeaten record.
The Sheffield lightweight was beaten by an average Czech opponent, Jan Holec, at Ponds Forge on September 20 to put the only blemish on a 14-fight record.
Jenkins says a yeast problems and dieting were issues he had to overcome before coming back in the New Year.
“When I started boxing I thought it was easy and cut a few corners on dieting and cheated in training” he said.
“But I was OK until the last three or four fights when I struggled to make the weight comfortably.
“I’d had a tooth infection and the anti-biotics I was taking killed off the ‘good bacteria’ which sorts out the yeast from sugar and refined foods. The side affect was that it hit my ability to metabolise food properly in my digestive system.”
Jenkins said a doctor told him this four weeks before the Holec fight. “My trainer Grant Smith wanted me to pull out and I did.
“But I needed the money so I changed my mind and decided to take it, which Grant was annoyed about.
“Apparently, it is a six months process to sort my complaint out, but this has not put me off boxing.
“The defeat was only a defeat - there are plenty of boxers who lose early on in their career and go on to win big titles.
“In fact, and I know this sounds crazy, I would like to think, despite my weight problems, that I could get down to superfly.”
The 23-year-old doesn’t anticipate making any more mistakes in the ring. “I should be beating boxers like that (Holec) - and I will be next year.”
n Gavin McDonnell headlines in the next big Yorkshire show. He fights for the WBA International super bantam title against South African Vusi Malinga at Hull on October 25.