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Better with age- Ormond warns Evans he faces an improved fighter

Stephen Ormond warns Craig Evans he faces a better fighter this time around.

The Welsh fighter defeated ‘The Rock’ in a WBO European title fight back in 2017 and may be confident of doing the same in his own backyard on June 1.

The southpaw’s confidence may boosted further by the fact the Clondalkin native is two years older at 36.

However, the Pascal Collins trained fighter argues he has improved year on year and also points out his body is holding up regardless of time.

“I believe that with all my experience over the years, I’ve actually got better. I’m a slow learner but I’m always learning!

“To be honest, and I know a lot of fighters say this, but I feel there’s a lot left in my body. I’ll take it one fight at a time and see how it goes but I feel I’ve a lot left to give,” said Ormond.

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The 36 year old is one fighter people always argue deserved more big time opportunities and he believes a win live on ESPN + in Cardiff on the first day of next month will reopen doors to big fights.

“I’ll be officially ranked when I pick up this title and it’ll put me in sight of another big fight.

“I was out early last time I fought and this time I’ll be main support but that doesn’t have an effect because I’ve done it all. It comes with the territory and you have to take it as it is.

“These are great platforms we’re fighting on. They allow so many more people to tune in, so that’s very good for boxing.”

Topping the bill at Vale Sports Arena is undefeated Welsh flyweight hero Jay Harris, who looks to add the EBU crown to his Commonwealth title when he takes on recent world title challenger Angel Moreno.

A bustling undercard stars unbeaten Kazakh kings Zhankosh Turarov and Sultan Zaurbek plus some of the most promising fighters in Wales; including Sean McGoldrick, Jacob Robinson, Kieran Gething, Alex Hughes and many more.


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com