Prizefighter champion Chris Jenkins targeting British title shot this year
Chris Jenkins has set his sights on a British title shot, but firstly must sweep aside Christopher Sebire on Saturday.
Last Updated: 30/01/14 9:48am
The Welshman burst onto the light-welterweight scene last summer with an impressive triumph in Prizefighter and he puts his unbeaten 12-fight record on the line against Sebire in Cardiff, live on Sky Sports.
Jenkins is keen to face his domestic rivals and will continue his rapid rise if he defeats the Frenchman in a clash for the vacant WBC International title.
"This is a huge opportunity to really make waves in the light-welterweight division," said Jenkins.
"I would love to get a crack at the British title this year and victory on Saturday would see me make an impression in the WBC rankings too.
"This is a great opportunity against a classy international fighter and I want to really put on a show. I'm hoping to get the win and then get more rounds in the bag to make sure I am fit enough in case I get a chance for the British title later in the year.
"In the top 15-20 in Britain you've got some really good boys. Within that top ten you've got Willie Limond, the likes of Lenny Daws and Adil Anwar, and they've all had 15-plus fights. Anyone that gets a chance there could be an upset, the title could be changing hands every other couple of months.
"I had an awesome 2013 really. I'm number seven in Britain now and I'm just looking forward to this year and hopefully it's a big one for me and my team."
Current British champion Darren Hamilton will win the Lonsdale belt outright if he makes another successful defence against Curtis Woodhouse in Hull on February 22.
The experienced Hamilton is on a hot run of form, with wins over the likes of Ashley Theophane and Adil Anwar, but Jenkins is confident he could dethrone the Londoner.
"Saturday is a step up and I'd like a British title eliminator in April or May for a British title fight in September," said Jenkins. "I believe I'll be ready for it then, even if Darren Hamilton does what he does well.
"He has a good jab and right hand, is quite tight and is a come-forward fighter who will put you under pressure for 12 rounds. I've got respect for him so it's not a case of calling him out, but in the next two to three fights I think it would be a good match up."