Scott Jenkins is ending his self-imposed exile from boxing saying: “I have too much to give to pack it in.”
The 24-year-old was beaten in his last fight in September and went off the radar. Jenkins had suffered health and weight problems and was ill-prepared for his Ponds Forge defeat to Czech opponent Jan Holec. But Jenkins is back in the gym and targeting a return to the ring after Summer.
“Training and everything was getting too much for me at that time; I’d originally pulled out of the Holec fight, then changed my mind” he said. “I’ve been boxing since I was eight and it was all getting on top of me, I needed time out. I wasn’t prepared physically and mentally for a fight against the sort of opponent I should beat all day long. I made a big mistake going ahead with it.”
Killamarsh-based Jenkins has had to balance his love for sport with yeast problems and a full-time job as a kitchen fitter. But he’s back training and sparring at the Steel City gym, under trainer Grant Smith. “I went on holiday around Christmas, looked down at my belly and thought: ‘It’s time to get back in! The every-day lifestyle some of my friends have isn’t for me, I want to do something for myself.
“I have too much to give and there is plenty I want to achieve.”
Jenkins, who chalked up 13 straight wins before the reverse, admits he’s found it difficult to make the lightweight limit (9st 9lbs) and says it may be an option to come back heavier. “I feel strong enough at light welter and had no problems sparring with others in the past. Nobody makes weight easily, and I’m no different. But I’ll be back around September time.”
Jenkins, who like fellow-fighter Adam Etches, is an ambassador with Sheffield’s Weston Park cancer charity, plans to take part in the ‘Run in the Park’ at Graves Park a week on Sunday, to raise funds.
* Southpaw Dave Fidler competes for the Central Area title against Tom Knight in Hull, on August 28.