Ring novice looking for a knockout launch

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DEBUTANT boxer Scott Jenkins launches his career in Sheffield tonight - hoping it won’t turn out like the man he is facing.

The 20-year-old from Brimington, Chesterfield, takes on 38-year-old Sid Razak at the Park Hotel, Chesterfield Road South in a sell-out show headlined by Birley’s Adam Etches. Razak is a professional loser. Out of 72 paid bouts, stretching back a decade, the lightweight Brummy has lost no fewer 66.

In fairness, Razak has been KO-edd in just four of those; so that might be the challenge Jenkins has in mind.

The newcomer has been boxing since he was 10 at Chesterfield’s St Michael’s ABC, coached by Patrick Bogel. He won more than 50 fights as an amateur and was the Junior ABA champion, scooping gold at the Denmark Box-Cup.

He was also twice crowned the Clubs for Young People champion. Jenkins is promoted by Ricky Hatton, who is impressed by his ‘all-action’ style.

Manager Richard Poxon said: “I feel that Scott has the potential to go a long way to go.

“At Hatton Promotions he will get all the support he needs as he embarks on his new career.”

Tattooed light-middleweight Etches seeks his fourth straight win, in a match-up with with Bobby Wood, also from the Midlands.

Wood has lost half his eight fights but will present a southpaw test for ‘The Bomber’ from Birley.

Walkley’s boxing binman, Carl Wild, is hoping to reverse a slide in form against Derby light-heavy Elvis Dube; Wild has lost four and drawn one of his last five. Wild has had just one TKO out of nine wins in a 27-fight record.

Proceeds from tonight’s dinner show go to Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.