Exciting up-and-coming boxer Scott Jenkins – one of Ricky Hatton’s fighters – believes it won’t be long until he is topping bills and challenging for titles.
The 21-year-old is fighting on the undercard of Adam Etches’ April 13 IBF middleweight title shot and is keen to follow his Hatton Promotions stablemate to glory.
Jenkins has the skill to back his lofty ambitions and, with a flawless 8-0-0 (3 KOs) record, the Sheffield-born lightweight hopes his first six-round contest will provide a stepping stone to titles.
He said: “On this show Adam will box for his first title, which is great, and I don’t think it’ll be too long before I’m knocking on the door for some kind of title myself.
“I’ve got to get past my next opponent before I can start thinking about it properly, and I haven’t even boxed an eight rounder yet, but by the end of the year I think I can be looking at something.
“Like everyone I’m aiming for the British, European and world titles but things like youth titles and the Central Area put you in that direction.”
Managed by one of the Greater Manchester boxing legend’s team – Hatton Promotions matchmaker Richard Poxon – Jenkins’ opponent at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena has yet to be confirmed.
Whoever ‘Hot Shot’ faces in the ring, he will need to impress to mark himself out in the extremely competitive South Yorkshire lightweight scene.
And the Hatton-backed Jenkins readily admits he will have to beat his local rivals in order to get to the top – not just for bragging rights, but for titles as well.
“There’s quite a few of us knocking about in Yorkshire and soon or later we’re going to have to clash and see who is the best,” he said.
“Around my weight there’s Sam O’Maison, Joe Rodgers, Sam Matkin, Jamie Sampson and Chad Gaynor.
“They’re all people I’d be happy to fight in the future.”
The Ponds Forge bill is being staged by Richard Poxon, in support of the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care.