By Matt Bevan (@MBevs68)
Sam Eggington will now defend his British and Commonwealth welterweight titles against Dale Evans at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham next Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
Evans steps in at late notice, following Frankie Gavin’s withdrawal due to a foot injury confirmed Eggington’s trainer Jon Pegg. The two have already met in the ring, when Evans beat the Stourbridge man in a Prizefighter back in January, 2013.
The Welshman went on to lose in the final that night to Glenn Foot, who Eggington beat in July to claim the British belt, but he hasn’t hit the heights that ‘The Savage’ has since their encounter in Wolverhampton.
The 21-year-old is riding the crest of a wave, picking up wins over Foot and Shayne Singleton this year, as well as Ghanaian Joseph Lamptey, claiming the British, Commonwealth and WBC International Silver belts in the process, as well as becoming one of the top prospects in UK boxing.
Pegg insists it demonstrates Eggington’s character that he has decided to take on an equally tough fight in Evans after Gavin withdrew.
Pegg said: “It shows the measure of the man in Sam, that instead of taking on some poor Mexican or Nicaraguan, he wants to take on someone like Dale.
“Dale beat him in Prizefighter and Sam wants to put the record straight, so it’s revenge that is on his mind. He was in training for an eliminator with John O’Donnell, so it’s not like he’s been out of the gym. We wanted someone with a bit of ambition and we’ve got that in Dale.
“Sam needs to face somebody who’s going to get the juices flowing and make him perform at 100%. The only time he hasn’t done that was against Lamptey, who was very negative.
“But Sam wants this fight, unlike a lot of young prospects, who would have been thrown by this, he was in a bad mood for 5 hours and then said let’s get on with it and sort something. He’s got an old head on young shoulders. We now have Dale in front of us and we’re expecting a tough night, but we’re very confident he will get the better of Dale second time around.”
Eggington and Evans clash will headline a big night for Birmingham’s fighters, where Matthew Macklin takes on Jason Welborn in his first fight down at light-middle, whilst Kal Yafai takes on Jason Cunningham for the vacant British super-flyweight belt.
Yafai’s brother Gamal is in an eliminator for the Commonwealth super-bantamweight belt and there are two cracking local clashes between Craig Cunningham and Lennox Clarke and Rob Hunt and Karl Wiggins, where the Midlands titles will both be on the line.by