Thomas Stalker is set for his biggest test to date, as he faces Chris Jenkins in a matchup of unbeaten 140 lb. prospects on October 25 in Liverpool, England.
The scheduled 10-round bout has been sanctioned as a domestic title eliminator, with the winner to face defending titlist Willie Limond, presumably some time in the 1st quarter of 2015. A purse bid was won by promoter Frank Warren to secure the rights to the fight, which he has added to his loaded 'Magnificent Seven Fight Again' fight card.
Stalker (9-0, 2KOs) turned pro in 2013 following a stint as team captain for the 2012 Great Britain Olympic Boxing squad. His Olympic dream couldn't have landed in a more favorable setting, leading a team fighting at home in London. However, Stalker's run ended one fight short of qualifying for a medal, dropping a heartbreaking decision to Mongolia's Uranchimegiin Mönkh-Erdene in the quarterfinal round of competition.
Two years into his pro career, the unbeaten Brit now gets to pursue another lifelong goal.
"It’s always been a dream of mine to fight for the British title," said Stalker, who fights in his first scheduled 10-round bout. "I know by beating Jenkins it’s going to put me in line to realize that dream. Jenkins is a really good fighter so this has all the ingredients to be a fantastic fight for the fans, with two unbeaten fighters putting it all on the line! But I know I’ve got all the tools to win the fight and I’m confident of doing the business!”
Jenkins (15-0, 7KOs) returns to England for the first time since winning a Prizefighter tournament last July. The majority of his career has been spent at home in Wales, but has no reservations about making the road trip for this fight. In fact, it's a bout he's actively pursued.
"Chris has been chasing the Stalker fight for a long time," insists Paul Boyce, Jenkins' manager. "[S]o it’s great the (British Boxing Board of Control) have ordered it. We’ve been chasing and asking for the fight since Stalker turned pro and we’re very confident of a win.”
ALSO IN ACTION
The Stalker v Jenkins fight is just one of a packed bill at the Echo Arena. England’s fastest ever World Champion Paul Butler is in action for the first time since capturing the IBF Bantamweight Championship in Newcastle earlier this year, now back campaigning in his natural Super Flyweight division.
Liam Smith faces off against mandatory challenger Navid Mansouri for the British Light Middleweight Championship, whilst Liverpool favourite Derry Mathews will contest the vacant WBA Intercontinental Lightweight Championship.
Chris Eubank Jr looks to continue his destructive form and new British Lightweight champion Terry Flanagan makes the first defence of his title.
Whilst Kevin Satchell challenges Valery Yanchy for the European Flyweight title on home soil; and on the undercard, Matty Fagan, Micheal Gomez jr and Jack Catterall are also all in action.
Tickets priced at £40, £50, £75, £100 and £150 are available from the Liverpool Echo Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400 or www.echoarena.com