Dale Evans beats Mike Towell in Scotland to become mandatory challenger for the British title

Dale Evans beats Mike Towell in Scotland to become mandatory challenger for the British title

By Dewi Powell: St Clears’ Dale ‘Big Boy’ Evans (12-3-2, 4KO) shone in Scotland and handed the previously unbeaten Mike Towell (11-1-1, 8KO) his first defeat.

The exciting 24-year-old produced arguably the best win of his career and scored his first knockout win in four years, demonstrating the power that his record conceals.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) will now name Evans as the mandatory challenger for the welterweight belt in next month’s circular.

It was a solid start for Evans, who took advantage of Towell’s aggression and found the gaps in his defence, sending him to the canvas with a right hook high on the side of the home fighter’s head.

Towell had recovered by the start of the next session and enjoyed strong spells in the second and third rounds, setting a feverish pace that forced Evans to tuck up. Owning a noticeable size advantage, Towell was making it count and landed several meaty body shots as Evans fought off the ropes.

It was an onslaught that Evans was able to manage and it was evident he was pacing himself better. After re-establishing the jab in the fourth round, Evans fully turned the tide in the fifth round. A flush two-fisted attack, which started and finished with thumping left hooks, stunned Towell and returned him to the floor.

Though he climbed to his feet, this time the 25-year-old Dundee native was unable to recover, forcing referee Victor Loughlin to end proceedings when Evans followed up with another wave of attack.

Towell was in distress and immediately received medical attention from the ringside paramedics, before leaving the ring and travelling to hospital for further checks.

Evans insisted that he had enjoyed the best training camp of his five-year career. Usually, he balances gym sessions around working 50-hour weeks in a factory. It’s a demanding schedule that would test the limits of most, especially when aiming to compete for British and Commonwealth straps.

However, this time a local company, Castle Scaffolding, financed the fighter so that he could become a full-timer for the first time ever. It’s helped Evans manage preparations, which include a daily three-hour round commute form his hometown to the gym.

It was by far the biggest task of Towell’s three-year career and Evans was just the fourth opponent he had faced with a winning record, compared to the Welshman’s 11th.

It was the Scottish super-welterweight champion’s sixth appearance at Glasgow’s Radisson Blue Hotel. Towell is a regular feature of the St Andrew’s Sporting Club, which was launched in 1973 and has since hosted more than 250 shows.

Attention will now turn to London’s skillful Bradley Skeete (24-1, 11KO), the current holder of the Lord Lonsdale belt. Skeete will make a voluntary defence against Lancashire’s Shayne Singleton (23-1, 8KO) on Frank Warren’s show at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday 22 October.

Evans, who is trained and managed by world title challenger Gary Lockett, first challenged for the belts against Sam Eggington in October. After accepting the late notice offer on eight days notice, Evans put the Midlander down but eventually succumb to a spirited decision loss.

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