British Boxer Michael Jennings is set to end a frustrating year out of the ring, when he hopes to get back in the British welterweight title mix with a fight in June.
Jennings is hoping that he can revive the postponed fight against Kell Brook for the British title, a fight that had to be called off twice when, first Brook suffered an illness, and then Jennings sustained a hand injury.
Jennings 32, who gallantly lost against Miguel Cotto for the WBO world welterweight title in February 2009 at Madison Square Garden, and as since then had only two fights, against .Willie Thompson TKO 4, and Hungarian Laszlo Komjathi.
“I’m desperate to fight Kell Brook,” said Jennings.
“I fought Miguel Cotto in his own backyard and was convinced I’d beat him. I’d never go into any fight unless I thought I could win, but my hand just wasn’t right. I’ve got to be 100 per cent fit or there’s just no point in doing it.” he added.
“If I’m beaten by someone because of their ability then that’s fair enough, but if it’s because I’m not fit then that’s harder to take. “I’m convinced I’ll beat him, but I will have to be in my best condition to do it.”
The Chorley man is hoping the against Brook, can be resurrected, although despite both being British it would not be for the British title, as it looks like Brook is to vacate the Lonsdale belt.
“Dean Powell, Frank Warren’s matchmaker, phoned me and told me I’ll be fighting in June,” said Jennings.
“We’re just waiting for Kell Brook and whether he vacates the British title.
“If he doesn’t, he’s due to fight John O’Donnell for the British title and I’ll fight for the WBO inter-continental title.
“If he does vacate, I will probably end up fighting Kell Brook for the WBO inter-Continental title.
“I know it seems daft that it wouldn’t be for the British title, but that’s just down to politics. I still want to fight Brook because I want to prove I’m the best.”
Jennings has grown increasingly frustrated in his wait for a title fight, having seen other British welterweights, most notably Ricky Hatton’s younger brother Matthew, given more opportunities and recognition in recent times.
“It has been frustrating because everyone in my weight class has titles – Matthew Hatton, John O’Donnell and Denton Vassell,” he said.
“I think I can beat all of them but I’m sat here with no title. Whether I’m better than someone like Matthew Hatton or not, surely I deserve a shot.
“I’ve been British champion, WBU world champion and challenged for the WBO world title.
“But there’s nothing I can do. I just have to wait.”