Jay Harris

Profile of Welsh boxer Jay Harris (b. 1990), the Swansea fighter who claimed the Commonwealth flyweight title in 2017.

Jay Harris celebrates winning the Commonwealth flyweight title (Twitter)

Jay Harris celebrates winning the Commonwealth flyweight title (Twitter)

Jay Harris comes from a proud fighting family, the Swansea man being the son of former British featherweight champion Peter Harris.

He turned professional in 2013 under the management of Gary Lockett, his training shared between Lockett and his father.

The youngster spent the next three years quietly building his experience and reputation, on shows in Wales and throughout England.

His first three fights were points wins, but his burgeoning talent was shown as his next six opponents were all stopped.

Harris’s fine performances earnt him his first major title shot in February 2017 when he faced Thomas Essomba for the Commonwealth flyweight title at the York Hall.

The champion, a Sunderland-based Cameroonian, was comfortably outpointed, the judges awarding the Welshman a 112-117, 113-116, 114-115 victory.

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