Larry Ekundayo – The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Larry Ekundayo

On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées.

One resists the invasion of armies; One cannot resist an idea whose time has come.

Victor Marie Hugo (February 26, 1802 – May 22, 1885)

Larry “The Natural” Ekundayo is that rare ilk of boxer – the rose that grew from concrete, allow me to elaborate.

Larry Ekundayo

Larry Ekundayo – the best fighter with less than ten professional bouts in the world today. Photo courtesy of Larry Ekundayo.

Ekundayo hails from Lagos, Nigeria where his 125 fight strong amateur career began. He was the Nigerian national amateur champion at both bantam & welterweight before moving to the United Kingdom where he was crowned London Amateur Boxing Association champion in both 2006 and 2007.

He entered Sky Television’s Prizefighter tournament with only two professional fights to his name & won the whole tournament. Impressive? Did I mention he was fighting a full division above his, pardon the pun, natural weight class of welterweight? Should probably point out at this point that his first opponent was a natural middleweight who came into the bout with a record of 21-2 – & he wasn’t fighting Latvian road-sweepers either – the only two men to have beaten him prior to Larry were Peter Quillin & Andy Lee! In fact Ekundayo‘s first round victim Craig McEwan holds a win over Darnell Boone (who handed the now light heavyweight kingpin Adonis Stevenson his only career defeat) & one over Brian Vera (Julio Cesar Chavez’s next opponent & the conqueror of Sergio MoraAndy Lee).

The advantage of a tournament format is it is to an extent fluke proof – the newly 3-0 Larry proceeded to end 16-2 Kris Carslaw‘s involvement in the event. This time victory came against a fighter only one weight division above the majestic Ekundayo. Larry then “merely” took care of 30 fight pro Terry Carruthers in the final in what was but his 5th professional outing.

I mean this with no ill-feeling or disrespect toward Kell Brook but honestly, talent-wise Kell Brook isn’t fit to lick Larry’s boots

Spencer Fearon, promoter & Sky Sports boxing analyst

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