Boxer denies assault on partner

Michael Jennings

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CHORLEY boxer Michael Jennings (pictured) has appeared in court to deny assaulting his long-term partner.

The 33-year-old is charged with assaulting his partner Zoe Butler on April 24, in Chorley.

The boxer, who is currently the top-ranked challenger for the British Welterweight title and is known as the Chorley Lurcher, appeared at Leyland Magistrates’ Court charged with section 39 assault on Friday.

The former British and WBU champion, wearing a grey shirt and black jacket, spoke only to confirm his name and to plead not guilty to the offence.

Magistrates adjourned the case for trial at Chorley Magistrate’s Court on August 26.

He was represented by solicitor David Edwards, of Stanley H Cross and Co in Chorley.

Jennings, a father-of-three, is a former English, British and WBU welterweight champion. He has a record of 36 wins and three losses, with 17 wins coming by knockout, and he is currently ranked 94th in the world.

The biggest fight of his career came in February 2009 when he took on Miguel Cotto for the vacant WBO Welterweight title at New York’s Madison Square Garden.