Dale Evans has vowed to take the Lonsdale belt to Mike Towell’s grave after he’s won the British welterweight championship.
Evans forced a fifth-round stoppage when he battled Towell in an eliminator last September – and the Glaswegian later died from injuries suffered during the fight.
Evans returns in a six-round fight in Swansea on Saturday, May 13 and hopes to challenge for the British title by the end of the year.
The 25 year old from St Clears said: “Winning the British title for Mike is the best tribute I can think of.
“As soon as I’ve won the Lonsdale belt, I will take it to Mike’s grave to show him I’ve won it.
“I want to show his family as well.
“I have spoken to Mike’s girlfriend (Chloe) and mum (Tracy) and they have been so supportive.
“They are unbelievably strong people and I want to win the British title for them and Mike.
“The first few months (after Towell’s death) were horrendous.
“Boxing was the farthest thing from my mind. I didn’t go near the gym.
“I just stayed in with my girlfriend and family trying to get my head straight.
“I needed that time off and when I felt mentally right, I went back to the gym. I wouldn’t say I’m over what happened, but it’s easier now that some time has passed.”
Evans accepts he may have to wait for his shot at the British title.
Bradley Skeete defends the belt against Shayne Singleton next month and Evans said: “I don’t know if I’m still the mandatory and even if I am, I’m going to have to wait to get my shot.
“Singleton is a mandatory defence for Skeete, then he’s allowed a voluntary, so I might not get my shot until late this year.”
Evans has challenged for the British title before, coming in at 11 days’ notice to challenge Sam Eggington in October, 2015.
Evans had Eggington on the floor in the second round and had his moments in other sessions before losing on the cards.
“I wobbled him a few times, but I was worried that if I pounced on him and didn’t get him out of there, I would empty the tank and the rest of the fight would have been tougher,” explained the Welshman
“Fitness wise, I wasn’t ready for the 12 rounds.”
Evans was ruled out of a Welsh-title fight earlier this year with a hand injury and the fight in Swansea will be his first with Tony Borg in his corner.
“Tony hasn’t changed much,” said Evans. “My style is my style.”
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