Swansea boxer Jay Harris gets first World Title shot

We caught up with the homegrown hero who is trained by his dad.

Its not often you get to catch up with an elite athlete, especially one who tells you he's back in the gym once he's got the MOT on the car sorted!

But 29 year-old Jay Harris has his feet firmly on the ground ahead of his first Stateside fight - against WBC Flyweight title-holder, the Mexican Julio Cesar Martinez on the 29th February.

Harris who started training at the age of 12 in Townhill has been trained by his Dad ever since he was a boy, and his steady rise has accelerated in the past year, after he ended a contract with promoter Frank Warren. 

(Pic courtesy of BoxRec.com)


We spoke to Jay following a training and conditioning session in Llanelli:

"Once my contract with Frank Warren was up I signed with a promotional company called MTK Global and within a year then they got me a European title shot. I travelled to Belfast then and beat Paddy Barnes in his hometown and I'm on the verge of a World Title now - its really exciting."

Harris explained he has never fought in the US before. His last visit was to Vegas for a New year event! He isn't underestimating the competition, but he is confident about next month's clash, describing Martinez as:

"He's a strong, typical Mexican fighter who can bang a bit. But I'm more than confident I can get the win on the 29th."

You can hear more from Jay in our sports bulletins this afternoon.

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