Evans and Ekundayo set for British title eliminator

Evans and Ekundayo set for British title eliminator

Dale ‘Big Boy’ Evans (9-1-2, 3KO) will face the undefeated Larry Ekundayo (8-0, 2KO) in an eliminator for the British welterweight title.

The fight will take place in Ekundayo’s adopted home city of London on 14 March and be promoted by Steve Goodwin. It will be Evans’ first appearance at East London’s iconic York Hall venue.

Speaking exclusively to BoxingWales, an unphased Evans said: “I know that Larry Ekundayo is a very good fighter. If all goes to plan with this one and I get the win, I know I’m at least noticed again. It’ll get me back up there fighting the top boys, getting the big domestic fights that I think I should be in.

“I know he’s taller than me, bigger as well. I’ve watched a couple of clips on him, he seems classy and clever. I think the plan is not to give him any space or time. I’ve got a plan in my head and we’ll concentrate more on tactics in the next six weeks.

“He can box and he can fight, I know that. He’s clever on the back foot, he wants to draw you in and counter-punch, make you look silly as you’re pressuring but I have other ideas.”

The 10 round contest will take the winner one step closer to a shot at the prestigious Lord Lonsdale belt, currently held by Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin. However, a final eliminator is likely to be required for the winner to be nominated as Mandatory Challenger by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC).

Evans, from St Clears near Carmarthen, will appear for the first time in 2015 and aim to score the most important victory of his career. The 23-year-old, who splits training between Cardiff with Gary Lockett and Merlins Bridge with Graham Brockway, is no stranger to big nights, having reached the final of the welterweight Prizefighter competition in 2013 and out-pointed former English champion Eric Ochieng in February 2014.

Despite winning a light-middleweight Prizefighter final in just his fifth fight, Nigerian born Ekundayo will face his biggest test yet against Evans. Shortly after the Prizefighter tournament victory, 32-year-old Ekundayo was inactive for nearly 14 months as his daughter was diagnosed with cancer. The break also saw Ekundayo split with his long term manager and mentor, Spencer Fearon, but he returned to win the lightly regarded International Masters Silver title in October without dropping a round.

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