SO early is it within the profession of Cyrus Pattinson, his subsequent opponent, Chris Jenkins, admits he knew little or no in regards to the Newcastle prospect earlier than being provided the prospect to battle him and had, till that time, seen no footage of him in anyway.
That has modified for the reason that battle was made, in fact, and now Jenkins, having each spoken to others and caught up, believes he is aware of precisely what to anticipate from Pattinson on Saturday (March 18) in Newcastle. He is aware of it is not going to be straightforward. He is aware of he might be an underdog. And he is aware of why, regardless of boasting simply 5 fights to his title, Cyrus Pattinson is taken into account among the finest prospects within the nation proper now.
No fault of Jenkins’, any lack of knowledge relating to Pattinson might be attributed to many issues. On the one hand, it could possibly be a tragic indictment of the place British boxing is headed normally, with nowhere close to as a lot emphasis positioned on beginner stars and prospects as there was and little consideration paid to them till they’re of pay-per-view-moneymaking age. Then once more, possibly Jenkins’ unawareness speaks extra to the very fact he deems this battle, in opposition to a 5-0 prospect, to be a step down from the kind of fights he has each been taking just lately and was eyeing for his future.
Which is to say, no matter Pattinson’s potential, Jenkins is aware of his title, at this level, isn’t but as established as these of his final three opponents: Tyrone McKenna, Florian Marku and Julius Indongo. That Jenkins gained solely of these three fights, nevertheless, ought to inform Jenkins the place he’s in his profession at present and why an upset win over somebody like Pattinson might be very important at this stage.
The only win in that aforementioned run got here in opposition to Indongo, who was gone his finest, final February. The 2 different fights, in the meantime, in opposition to Marku and McKenna, resulted in disappointment for Jenkins, with him stopped in 4 rounds by Marku and on the receiving finish of a contentious determination in opposition to McKenna.
Now, at 34, he goes once more, all the higher for the exercise he has had of late but dented, maybe, by the run of onerous fights and up to date setbacks. He calls boxing a “matter of timing” and accepts that Pattinson, in selecting to battle him in solely his sixth battle, might be hoping he has bought his timing spot on and that he can make the most of the harm finished to Jenkins in a troublesome 11-year professional profession.
To date in his personal profession, Pattinson, 5-0 (3), has been faultless. Turning professional with a second-round stoppage of Yoncho Markov in June 2021, the 28-year-old has since gone the six-round distance twice and, extra just lately, stopped each Dimitri Trenel, who was 8-0 on the time, and Jorick Luisetto, who was 12-4. These aren’t dangerous wins for a fighter of Pattinson’s restricted professional expertise, however it’s nonetheless truthful to say a 10-rounder in opposition to Jenkins, no matter his age and up to date type, is a sizeable step up for the Newcastle man.
It’s a check most might be anticipating him to ace, too, even when on the evening he’ll little question discover himself pushed onerous by Jenkins, 23-6-3 (8), notably early when Jenkins will know he wants to achieve Pattinson’s respect. In the long run, although, Pattinson’s relative freshness and sharper abilities ought to see him triumph late when ultimately Jenkin’s hearth has burned out and he requires saving from himself as a lot as his opponent.
On the Newcastle undercard there may be one other step up for an unbeaten prospect, this time within the type of Hopey Worth, 9-0 (3), preventing Thomas Masson, 20-5-1 (7), at super-bantamweight. Masson, a Frenchman, fought Daigo Higa for the WBC flyweight title in 2017 (dropping by seventh-round stoppage) and was additionally the European champion at that weight. He’s a good distance from that kind of type now, at 32 and at super-bantamweight, however he ought to nonetheless present an honest check for Worth, a Yorkshireman who has been matched sensibly since turning professional in 2019.
Additionally on the Newcastle invoice is what seems to be a well-matched battle at heavyweight between unbeaten novices Solomon Dacres, 5-0 (1), and Robert Ismay, 11-0 (4). Dacres is from Warley within the West Midlands and Ismay is from Newcastle. They meet with the vacant English heavyweight title on the road.