Out to silence cynics

Hard at work: From left to right; Dalton Smith, Ricky Hatton and Scott Jenkins in the gym
Hard at work: From left to right; Dalton Smith, Ricky Hatton and Scott Jenkins in the gym
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QUICK learner Scott Jenkins bristles at suggestions he is a one dimensional fighter.

Some pundits in the boxing fraternity have described the 21-year-old as “a brawler” and implied he is incapable of thinking on his feet in the ring.

But Jenkins, who has recently been coached by Ricky Hatton along with Sheffield youngster Dalton Smith, has rejected those claims and is adamant his career is on the upward trajectory.

The Intake lightweight, who has yet to taste defeat after six bouts, told The Star: “I feel I am constantly getting better and have added more aspects to my game.

“I have worked on things like my defence and footwork. You are always learning, whatever style of fighter you are. It is great to have talked and worked with Ricky in the gym as he is a superstar. He has just given me bits of advice on a few things.”

Grant Smith, Jenkins trainer, added: “Scott has come on a million dollars. He is a very quick learner and is becoming very adaptable.

“He is not just going to be a one trick pony. Scott realises he has got to box different ways to do well. He is a very level headed guy and he takes everything in his stride.”

Jenkins is next in action on Hatton’s comeback show at the Manchester Arena on November 24. His opponent has yet to be confirmed but he is looking forward to being involved in arguably the biggest show of 2012.

“Ricky is one of my idols and somebody I have always looked up to so it is good to be part of the event,” he acknowledged. “It is great for all boxing fans and the sport that Ricky is back.

“I was surprised when Ricky said he was coming out of retirement but I don’t think it was the wrong decision. I think he wants to redeem himself and has got unfinished business.”