Boxing: Gifted Scott wary of Spanish threat

Sheffield boxer Scott Jenkins, right, returns to the ring this weekend.
Sheffield boxer Scott Jenkins, right, returns to the ring this weekend.
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Scott Jenkins is refusing to underestimate the threat Spaniard David Martin Campillo will pose to his unbeaten record this weekend.

Birley lightweight Jenkins faces Campillo, whose won eight of his nine bouts, at Ponds Forge on Saturday and has vowed not to take the Spaniard lightly.

“I’ve watched some tapes of him and I know already this is going to be hard work,” said Jenkins, whose records read 12-0, including six knock outs.

“He constantly marches forward, throwing punches with both hands and doesn’t seem to take much rest in between!

“On the upside, he doesn’t seem a massive puncher and there’s no way he can box as well as me so I’ve just got to be careful not to get drawn in to a scrap.

“He’s 8-1 and his only loss was on his debut, which doesn’t really mean anything as it could have been nerves, anything. Since then though he’s won eight on the bounce so there’s no doubt he’s coming to win.”

Jenkins has previously told this newspaper he wants to fight for a title by the end of 2014.

He added: “I’m 12-0 now and I’m desperate to get in for some title soon so I can’t afford any slip-ups, and if you don’t take these nights seriously then these kids can easily beat you!”

Jenkins and his stablemate Adam Etches, who is also on the bill, are ambassadors for the Star-supported Let’s KO Cancer’ campaign on behalf of the teenage unit at Weston Park and will be cheered on by hundreds of fans on April 26.

“Adam and I have sold loads of tickets again so it’s great that everybody is so behind us,” said Jenkins. “That does add a bit of pressure though. Everyone comes to see us win and knowing that there’s maybe 500 to 600 of your own friends and family in that room makes your heart beat a bit faster put it that way!”

Etches locks horns with Felipe De La Paz Teniente for the vacant WBC youth middleweight crown.

Rotherham fighter Kash Ali will be chasing his seventh successive win on Saturday while fellow heavyweight David Howe will be aiming to pick himself up after being TKO’d last time out by Imantas Davidaitis, of Lithuania, at iceSheffield.

Top of the bill is Kazakhstan’s Zhanat Zhakiyanov challenge Karim Guerfi for the EBU European bantamweight title. Lucas Big Daddy’ Browne meets Eric Martel Bahoeli.

Doors open at 6.15pm with the first bout scheduled to begin 15 minutes later. Tickets are priced at £35 general admission, £55 reserved floor seats, £75 ringside and £100 VIP ringside. For more information, ring 07747 474701.