Larry Ekundayo was asked at the press conference for this bout “Dale Evans is a league above you – why would you even take this fight when it’s not even for a title?” Such cretinous mutterings are common place in the white, blond hair, blue eyed-centric ticket seller culture of the middle strata of British boxing.
Firstly, Ekundayo didn’t ‘take the fight‘ – he settled on Evans as a willing reserve opponent after Denton Vassell reneged on an agreement to fight the prodigiously skilled Nigerian born boxer. Vassell went on to drop a wide points decision against 37 year old Viktor Plotnykov on the viewer anemic ITV4 Frampton vs. Avalos undercard.
Evans’ supposed pedigree stemmed from wins over Sam Eggington & Erick Ochieng. However Eggington was at that stage but a 3 fight novice & the loss to Evans was in the made for TV 3 round format. Ochieng dropped a decision to Evans by but 1 point – 77-76 – in his native Wales.
In the end it was Ekundayo who proved himself several classes above the game Welshman – dismantling the ambitious but limited Evans with clinical precision in the 5th Round of a fight that should have been called off a good 90 seconds before it eventually was by referee Marcus McDonnell.