Results round-up: Dale Evans, Enzo Maccarinelli and Kerry Evans

Results round-up: Dale Evans, Enzo Maccarinelli and Kerry Evans

Dale ‘Big Boy’ Evans’ (9-2-2, 3KO) quest for the British title has been derailed after suffering a stoppage defeat against London’s Larry Ekundayo (9-0, 3KO) at York Hall.

The 23-year-old from St Clears in Carmarthenshire was competitive throughout but unraveled in the fifth round of the welterweight eliminator and wasn’t allowed to recover, forcing referee Marcus McDonnell to wave the contest off.

Ekundayo, who represented Nigeria in the Commonwealth Games 13 years ago, dropped Evans with a long right hand after 30 seconds of the fifth round. Evans bravely survived for the next two minutes but was later caught with two right hands as he attempted to duck away that he couldn’t recover from. The Welshman staggered in to the ropes and it resulted in the end of the contest.

Up until the final round, Evans was causing problems for Ekundayo as he hunted his taller opponent to the edges of the ring, working away when Ekundayo’s back hit the ropes. It was that approach that cut Ekundayo’s right eye but he was managing to establish more and more space between the pair as it progressed. Ekundayo was often guilty of holding and pushing when Evans came close but it went without warning and eventually slowed Evans’ attacks down, so he was more open to counters and it told in the fifth round.

Meanwhile in Manchester, Swansea’s Enzo Maccarinelli (39-7, 31KO) needed just 48 seconds of the first round to dispatch of Hungary’s overmatched Gyorgy Novak (5-3, 3KO). The former WBO world cruiserweight champion ended the contest with his first meaningful punch, a chopping right hand that sent Novak dancing across the ring, without the control of his legs. Despite Novak’s attempts to protest, referee Mark Lyson waved the contest off to hand

Maccarinelli his first win for 15 months, since stopping Courtney Fry in December 2013. Gary Lockett, who trains both Evans and Maccarinelli, was in Manchester as it was the first fight that was organized and agreed. However, there was a point when Maccarinelli’s fight was in doubt – the eight rounder was originally scheduled for Frank Warren’s cancelled show in Widnes but it was then switched to Steve Wood’s show at the Victoria Warehouse at late notice.

It’s understood that Maccarinelli will travel to Germany next week to attend the WBA Regular world title fight between former-foe Juergen Braehmer and Robin Krasniqi. The 34-year-old is hoping for another shot at the belt, having suffered a gruesome eye injury and a fifth round stoppage against Braehmer last April. On the same show,

Wrexham’s Kerry Evans (4-0, 3KO) heard the final bell for the first time as a professional, out-pointing Simas Volosinas (6-26, 1KO) over four rounds. Referee Mark Lyson scored the contest 40-36 in favour of the 32-year-old lightweight, who applied constant pressure in the pocket and will surely be looking to box in six-rounders from now on. Evans, who took around 150 fans for the 100-mile round trip, attended the funeral of his close friend and former British Masters champion Martyn Bailey last week.

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