Li­mond to travel south in de­fence of his ti­tle

The Herald - Sport - - RACING - BERT MITCHELL

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.

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