‘Big Boy’ Evans is bursting for Friday’s comeback

‘Big Boy’ Evans is bursting for Friday’s comeback

It’s been a period of frustration for St Clears’ Dale Evans (8-1-2, 3KO) but six months of inactivity has allowed the welterweight to make changes to be better prepared than ever.

On Friday 21st November, the 22-year-old will return in a six round contest on a Mickey Helliet promotion at the Camden Centre in London and he will be boosted by some alternative training methods.

Most days, Evans trains at Merlins Bridge Boxing Club with Graham Brockway and he makes the 150-mile round trip to Gary Lockett’s gym in Cardiff twice a week but he’s been fitting something else in between.

Evans said, “I’m getting quality pad sessions in and great sparring as always, I couldn’t ask for better there. But now I’m also involved with a guy called Shane Earp in Carmarthen.

“He’s working on my power and my strength. There’s only so much running and punching you can do and this gives me a bit of variation in my training. It’s hard but it’s supposed to be, hopefully it makes a big difference to my boxing too.

“I haven’t been doing the weight properly in the run up to fights either but now, I’m within a few pound of my fighting weight. Before, I was happy to be six pounds over [weight] days before the fight. I’m looking after myself better in between fights now.

“As everyone says, boxing is a learning game and I know that now. I’ve learned that tough opponents will have seen 20 or 30 boys like me. I’ve got to do something different and I’ve picked up some boxing intelligence. I’ll try to be cleverer, relax and then I will knock people out.”

The reason for Evans’ absence from the ring was a horrendous eye injury he suffered in a near disastrous night in May. The Welshman survived two knockdowns against the dangerous Mark Douglas and appeared to be clawing his way back in to the fight. However, an accidental head clash left Evans needing 20 stitches above his left eye and the injury ended the fight immediately, resulting in a Technical Draw.

Speaking of the injury status, Evans said, “I’ve been sparring four or five weeks now and it’s been tough. It’s held up, so fingers crossed it holds up in the fight. It feels a lot stronger now than it did a little bit ago.

“After the Eric Ochieng fight [eight round points decision win in February], I was on a high and I could give up work to train full time. Then the Douglas fight came up, the head clash happened and it set me back.

“You don’t know what would’ve happened if I didn’t get cut and won. You never know how things might have panned out but it happened the way it happened, I just take it as it comes now.”

Earlier this year, Evans attempted to give up work to become a full time fighter but the eye injury postponed those plans. Since then, Evans has returned to work in recent months and although not working the 60 hours a week he used to, Evans still has to delicately structure his training around the day job.

He said, “I applied for a job as a self-employed contractor; obviously it’s down to me what hours I do then. I need to do enough hours to cover my costs of travelling and living.

“My boss is supportive and quite lenient with what hours I work, I’m going in to work about 9am and finishing at 4pm, so I’m having time to do my morning runs and boxing training every single night then. It is tough, having to work and train but at the stage I’m at, it’s expected.

“Whatever fights come my way now, I’m going to accept anyone. I want to be as busy as I can and get back in the limelight again, back in the mix of the top welterweights in Britain.”

Evans will fight Slough’s light-middleweight John Brennan (4-2-1, 2KO) on Friday 21st November. The Welshman was originally scheduled to fight Zoran Cvek on before the Croatian suffered a stoppage loss to Peter McDonagh on Saturday. Cvek has therefore been stopped from competing for 28 days by British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) safety regulations.

There is a return bus travelling from Carmarthen to London for fans and those interested are advised to contact Evans through social media (Twitter @DaleEvans_912).

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