Boxing: Jolly aims for first title

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Aston Jolly is determined to write his name in the record books when he fights for his first title this weekend.

The Stainforth fighter is looking to become the first British Promoters Association Classic Challenge light middleweight champion when he faces Chris Jenkinson at the Dome on Saturday night.

The Challenge titles are newly introduced following the abolition of the old British Masters championships.

With a pledge of a more professionally managed approach to the titles than their predecessors, they are seen as a gateway to other championship opportunities in the future.

And Jolly is determined to make his chance count.

“I think this is an opportunity I’ve had to wait patiently for and I’m not going to let it slip by,” he told the Free Press.

“Ideally I’d have been fighting for a Central Area title but this is still a very good opportunity for me.

“These titles are going to open doors to things that I want to achieve.”

Jolly has been working on taking control of bouts with trainer Niall Almond in Thorne.

He said: “In the past I’ve just settled into the workrate of the other fighter and it’s not really brought the best out of me.

“I know if I want to go far then I’m going to have to be the one dictating the pace.

“So we’ve been working on my workrate and keeping to that workrate.

“If I can put it into practice on Saturday night, I’m confident I’ll get the win.”

Opponent Jenkinson has had 33 fights, with nine this year alone.

The Bolton fighter has won eight fights but none in his last nine.

Jolly said: “I put a lot into boxing. I’m working full time and then I’m in the gym training each night so it takes up a lot of my time.

“You work towards opportunities like this and you want to make sure that you’re ready to take them.

“It’s going to be a tough night but I’m confident that I’ll be picking up that belt at the end of it.

“And hopefully it’ll just be the start.”

Tickets for the nine fight card are available, starting at £35, by calling (01302) 303959.