Evans prepared to go past the point of no return
St Clears’ Dale ‘Big Boy’ Evans (9-1-2, 3KO) is prepared to go past the point of no return when he faces Larry Ekundayo (8-0, 2KO). The welterweights meet in a ten round British title eliminator on 14 March and headline Steve Goodwin’s ‘Ultimate Glory’ show at London’s historic York Hall. Evans has had notable nights in his relatively short career, including a Prizefighter final against Glen Foot and an eight round win over Eric Ochieng, and he’s hungry for more. The 23-year-old’s next bout is the biggest of his three-year career and such is his motivated mentality, Evans sees no benefit in ever having it any easier. He said: “You get boys building records and fighting journeyman for their first 10 fights. There’s a few boys now, I’m not going to name any names but they have not fought anyone, no-one at all in like 15 fights. “I don’t want to do that. I want big fights and me against Larry [Ekundayo] is a big one. I don’t want to go backwards from now on, big fights will bring out the best in me. So far in Evans’ 12 fights, the heavy-handed pressure fighter has faced four undefeated opponents but Ekundayo, arguably, presents his biggest test yet. While stating his fighting philosophy, Evans said: “If you go in with everyone, you’re willing to take hard fights and come out with wins, you’re respected a lot more and people think a lot more of you. That’s how boxing should be.” Ekundayo’s defensive and counter-punching skills have the potential to present problems for most domestic contenders. Ironically, Evans would prefer to face those awkward obstacles, rather than a journeyman who doesn’t turn up to win. The Welshman said: “When you’ve got a journeyman, it’s tougher than when someone’s coming to beat you up. Journeymen know all the tricks of the trade, they’re expecting someone to try bang them out. “It’s a more difficult and frustrating fight against a journeyman. I understand that you’ve got to have those journeymen fights for you to learn and progress in the game but too many aren’t a good thing. “You can learn a lot more when someone comes to beat you and I know it’ll be better for my development as a fighter.” Steve Goodwin’s ‘Ultimate Glory’ show will be streamed live on Matchroom’s Fight Pass. Click here to subscribe.