A HEREFORD boxer who broke his back in an horrific fall three years ago in one step closer to national glory.

Lee Jenkins – who recently won the Southern Counties middleweight title – beat Jake Toogood, from Bristol.

Held at the Wessex Hotel in Bournemouth, the agreed tactics were to get close and work to the body to the slow the fast feet of Toogood.

As soon as the first bell sounded, Jenkins, who is a member of Eastbourne Boxing Club, found it hard to pin his man down with his opponent's fast feet creating excellent angles to keep Jenkins at bay.

But, as the round progressed, Jenkins Lee found success, closing Toogood down and scoring with some well selected hooks to the body.

However, Toogood won the opening round.

Nevertheless, the Bristolian's shape was deteriorating and his feet slowing, giving Jenkins an opportunity to attack and easily took the second round.

And Jenkins again took control in round three to win the contest.

The victory comes on the back of Jenkins beating Eric Nwankwo to win the Southern Counties championship.

He will now head to Echo Arena in Liverpool for a three-day national event, with the quarter-finals taking place tomorrow.

Jenkins is likely to face a full-time British boxer.

"That's what I want," said Jenkins.

"If I am to win the national title you have to box the best'."

It is a remarkable turnaround for Jenkins, who broke his back following a fall at Symonds Yat in 2013.

Jenkins also broke his leg and pelvis and was only saved from falling further down the cliff after becoming wedged on a branch.