Limond to travel south in defence of his title
WILLIE LIMOND will make the first defence of his British light-welterweight title against mandatory challenger Chris Jenkins at the Motorpoint Arena, in Sheffield, on March 28.
The 35 year-old won the title with a consummate display of classic orthodox boxing which gained him a unanimous points decision against Cur tis Woodhouse at the Braehead Arena on June 27 last year.
Sadly the ensuing seven months have provided nothing but frustration for the Glaswegian who vacated his Commonwealth title in order to clear the way for a European title challenge that failed to materialise.
But now Limond, who unusually for a maiden defence of the Lonsdale belt, has been deprived of home advantage and will have to travel south to face the unbeaten Jenkins, says he has no concerns over his trip to the Steel City.
Limond said: “First of all I would say that I have nothing but respect for Chris Jenkins. He is an unbeaten boxer, he won Prizefighter and he is my mandatory challenger and all of that underlines that he has worked hard to gain his shot at the Lonsdale belt.
“Obviously I would rather be making my first defence in Glasgow in front of my own fans and I am disappointed for them in that they will have to find a few quid to come and watch me, but fighting in Sheffield is not something that worries me.
“When you have fought Erik Morales in a bullring in front of 60,000 screaming Mexicans then, no disrespect, boxing in Sheffield against Jenkins is not going to give me sleepless nights.
“I also have a fair bit of frustration to work off after the European title challenge didn’t happen but at the end of the day it took me three attempts to win the British title and not going to be losing it anytime soon.”
By the time the Scot enters the ring against the stylish Jenkins, who boasts an unblemished 16-fight ring resume including eight stoppage successes, Limond will have been inactive for almost nine months but the British champion has no fears he could be undercooked against an opponent who was active as recently as October 24, when Jenkins stopped the Pole Jacek Wylezol in the first round.
Limond said: “I have 42 fights under my belt and at this stage in my career I don’t see ring rust as an issue.
SHEFFIELD DATE: Willie Limond will make his first title defence against Chris Jenkins.