Ball fancies title tilt at friend Jenkins

West Midlands welter Danny Ball (10-0-1, 4 KOs) caught the eye last Friday with a stirring points win over the previously unbeaten Sam Gilley and is now angling for a British title shot against champion Chris Jenkins.

Ball and Jenkins forged a bond whilst sparring in the past and remain on friendly terms, but the Midlander says he would jump at that fight should it present itself.

“I’m a fighter and any fight against a top British welterweight, I wouldn’t say no to it,” said Ball. “If the opportunity came up I would love to challenge the British champion, Chris Jenkins. That is my biggest target.

“I know Chris well from sparring and we keep in touch with each other. He is a good lad, but in boxing you have to fight and try and beat friends.

“I wouldn’t turn that fight down and I don’t think Chris would be happy if I did refuse that fight.

“I’m still over the moon with the win against Sam and to get the opportunity on BT Sport on a Queensberry show is something else. It was good to get 10 hard rounds in and not to have everything my own way. I am back in the gym and can improve as a fighter.

“It was my TV debut and I will never forget walking onto the platform and seeing all the cameras. I didn’t freeze on the big stage. [Manager] Errol Johnson is hoping to speak with Frank Warren this week and get some idea when we might be back, but how nice will it be to box in front of fans again?”

Ball previously fought on the white-collar circuit as a light-heavyweight before shedding a whopping two stone to box professionally, with the turnaround shocking those closest to him.

“To have done what I have in three-and-a-half years and to be promoted by Frank Warren, one of the biggest promoters in the world means a lot,” said Ball. “I boxed as an amateur and went onto the white-collar circuit just to keep fit and stay involved in boxing for a bit of fun.

“I don’t think anybody would have expected me to get this far as a professional, even my family because I liked my food. People underestimated me and didn’t think I was dedicated enough to get down to welterweight. I was fighting at 12st 7lbs on the white-collar circuit.

“I had a tough fight in my final white-collar contest and thought, ‘I’m better than this,’ so I decided to push my body and see where I got and it has clicked. I have let my weight go before between fights, but now I have such a big platform I’m straight back in the gym and keeping my weight down.”

Photo: Queensberry Promotions.