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LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING

Jay Harris tells Louis Daniel why Julio Cesar Martinez would be unwise to underestimate him
ANGEL AND DEMON: Harris may not look mean, but he is spiteful in the ring
Photo: LEIGH DAWNEY/ GETTY IMAGES

LITTLE Jay Harris gives a knowing smile at suggestions that he resembles livestock being led to the abattoir.

On the 29th of this month, the angelic-featured, gentle-voiced, slender-framed Swansea flyweight – who moonlights as a forklift driver for Amazon and still lives at home with his folks – gets to share a prize ring with menacing Mexican mangler Julio Cesar Martinez at The Star in Frisco, Texas, USA (read Mexico!), for the cherished green WBC strap. Politely, there aren’t too many predicting that happy Harris’ first venture on the world stage shall prove a successful one.

But for once, the generally passive and habitually cordial Welsh wizard begs to differ.

“I’m a 7/1 underdog, I’m told. Good odds, that is,” claimed the mild-mannered Welshman when we met up recently at the Llanrumney Phoenix ABC gym in east Cardiff.

“Timing is everything. This has all fallen into place at exactly the right time for me. I’m 29 now, getting on a bit for a flyweight, but in the lower weights we get to the top quicker. [WBA boss Artem] Dalakian and [ex-WBC king] Charlie Edwards both got there in around 15 fights, so no way could I knock this back. I’ve always said, if I got to fight for a world title, I could retire a happy man.

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