Evans and Harris to fight on Valentines Day date

Evans and Harris to fight on Valentines Day date

There’s every chance of a St Valentines Day Massacre on Saturday when Blackwood’s Craig Evans (11-0, 3KO) gets the opportunity to take out some surely pent-up frustration. The super-featherweight will fight Poland’s Jacek Wylezol (11-5, 6KO) at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall, having seen numerous big fights fall through over recent months. The 25 year old scored the best win of his career in his latest outing, out-pointing Scotland’s Ronnie Clark over 10 rounds, and Evans had hoped that it would mark the end of his time treading water. Evans was initially matched with British and Commonwealth champion Liam Walsh but when the Cromer man withdrew, the Welshman’s patience was tested again. Despite the disappointment, Evans carried on training at Tony Borg’s St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport and was soon rewarded with a new date. Wylezol stands in the southpaw’s way next and he may be a familiar name to Welsh boxing fans, having been stopped by Chris Jenkins at light-welterweight in October. On that occasion, Wylezol left the ring with suspected broken ribs but they’ve since recovered and he’s fought twice since that night in Merthyr Tydfil, losing once and winning his most recent outing – both on points. On the same show to be televised by BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437, Virgin Ch. 546), Swansea’s Jay Harris (4-0, 1KO) will kick on with the next phase of his development. The 24 year old has already competed in four four-round fights, hearing the final bell on three occasions, but he will move to a six stanza bout in the Midlands. Bulgarian journeyman Stefan Slavchev (5-12-1, 3KO) is the man tasked to test Harris. The visitor is no stranger to these shores, having fought in Britain 10 times. However, nine of those trips have ended in defeat for Slavchev, seven by stoppage, and the other outing was a Technical Draw following a severe cut from an accidental clash. With only a handful of boxers in Britain’s super-flyweight category, Harris could soon find himself in contention for domestic titles but his manager, Gary Lockett, will decide when the Welshman is ready for 10 and 12 round contests. As the son of Peter Harris, Welsh Area and British featherweight champion in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, there could be extra pressure on Harris Jr but he’s shown no sign of it so far, paving his own way in the sport. As an amateur, Harris displayed his personal pedigree with Welsh Senior Championships and GB Championships gold medal wins. The show starts at 7:00pm on Saturday 14 February 2015, headlined by Stephen Ormond and Terry Flanagan’s WBO world lightweight title eliminator.

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