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Boxing: Lincoln's Bobby Jenkinson set for professional debut in Doncaster

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

Ready to go:  Bobby Jenkinson will step into the ring for his first professional fight in Doncaster

Ready to go: Bobby Jenkinson will step into the ring for his first professional fight in Doncaster

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Three of Lincoln's new professional boxers will look to complete a memorable hat-trick when they fight on the same show in Doncaster this month.

Bobby Jenkinson will make his debut at bantamweight as he takes on Delroy Spencers, while welterweight Luke Walker faces Robbie Barrett and Mitch Mitchell fights Luke Crowcroft.

All three boxers are on the undercard of the light-welterweight central area clash between Tyrone Nurse v Joe Elfidh which will be over ten three-minute rounds, writes Leigh Curtis.

Former De Aston school pupil Jenkinson is particularly looking forward to his debut on the Valentine's Massacre show with the 21-year-old hoping for a straight forward win.

Having signed with Chesterfield's Mike Shinfield, Jenkinson, who is trained by his dad Gary, wants to make a fine start to his career.

"I've been boxing since I was 11 and I am really looking forward to starting my career," said Jenkinson, who is a product of the Bracebridge Boxing Club.

"Delroy has had a lot of fights and it's a good debut for me, but I should be comfortably beating the likes of him.

"He's had more than 100 fights, but has only won 14 of them.

"I've a lot of support from Lincoln coming and we have got coaches coming from Bracebridge and Cherry Willingham.

"Having that kind of support there will be fantastic and I want to make them proud.

"I have great advice from my dad, Gary, who also used to box and trains me and Denny Oliver at Bracebridge.

"I would like to thank them both as well as my sponsors Read Hyundai, Lincoln Security, Martin Motor Company and Dent Devils.

"They have all got behind me and I'm really thankful to them it's a big help."

If you would like to book a place on a coach or would like tickets, please contact Bobby on 07841 720421.

Walker, meanwhile, is aiming to claim Robbie Barrett's unbeaten record on the same night.

The welterweight has only had one fight which was a narrow loss to Nathan Dale last month and is desperate to make a name for himself this year.

"I want to fight some decent lads and shock a few people," he said.

"The boxer I am fighting has an unbeaten record, but that does not bother me.

"These are the kind of fights I thrive on, I want to be going out there and wrecking unbeaten records.

"I want it to be a big year for me. The fact that three Lincoln lads will be on the same show is great.

"There will be plenty of support there and I am really looking forward to it."

Mitchell, who like Walker is promoted and trained by former world title challenger Esham Pickering, has already tasted victory having stopped Adrian Clegg in November.

He lost his next fight to Stevie Taylor on points, but was denied a draw on the televised bout with Grant Cunningham just under a fortnight ago.

But he hopes this time he will emerge victorious which will lead to some raucous birthday celebrations.

"I turn 25 next week, but training means I cannot go out and have a few beers," he said.

"But I am hoping after this fight I can celebrate it in style with another victory under my belt.

"I felt the fight against Cunningham should have been a draw at least.

"Even the commentators said I won the first three rounds.

"I'll look to make amends in Doncaster and I know the kid I am fighting has only fought once which he won.

"I feel sharp, I've trained hard and I can't wait."

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