BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Johnny Garton has lost his British welterweight title – being outpointed by Chris Jenkins in his first defence at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Peckham puncher saw the three judges mark it 119-109, 116-112 and 117-112 in favour of his Welsh challenger.
And there was no doubting that Jenkins was the superior fighter on the night.
Garton’s record drops to 23-2-1 – suffering his first loss since April 2014.
The South Londoner failed to produce the same level of intensity as he did in winning the domestic belt against Gary Corcoran. But maybe that gruelling October slugfest has had longer-lasting effects, although there were also claims that Garton struggled to make the weight limit.
Jenkins landed more punches and at times looked as if he was going to overwhelm Garton. But the Millwall fan dug deep to see it through to the final bell.