by Alan Drewett
After making his professional debut in October 2017, Dylan Evans had to take time out from boxing to make a living away from the sport. It would have been easy for Dylan to focus his attention elsewhere, but he was desperate to return to the ring.
“In the back of my mind, I always wanted to fight again and get back in to the ring. I need boxing, it helps me keep on the straight and narrow”
In May of this year, Evans returned to the ring under the guidance of former world champion and friend, Anthony Crolla, in a bid to resurrect his career. Evans produced a dominant display against Michael Horabin to make his professional record 2-0-0, and remain unbeaten.
“Working with Anthony [Crolla] has been fantastic. He’s been through everything as a boxer and has boxed all the top fighters, I’m learning from him all the time. My style has changed under him and I have learnt to apply more educated pressure”
Evans then got his chance to be on a big platform; the JD NXTGEN show in Manchester. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show did not go ahead, however Evans now gets his chance to fight on the upcoming JD NXTGEN show this Friday at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool.
“I was gutted when I heard the show got cancelled. It’s always been a dream of mine to fight in front of my hometown”
The cancellation of the Manchester show has not been ideal for Evans but he has used the time to good affect in the gym.
“The cancelled show hasn’t affected my preparation for the build up to this fight. It has given me time in the gym to work and I feel sharper for it”
Evans will be fighting on his first Matchroom show this Friday and hopes to make it three wins from three fights. Being on such a big platform is fantastic experience for a young fighter with huge aspirations. The new season starts in September and Evans is hoping to have three more fights before the end of the year.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to fight on such a huge platform with Matchroom and Eddie Hearn. Once I get through Friday night, I want at least three more fights before the year is out. I want to get that KO added to my record”