The fighting line-up for Friday is as follows *
· Larry Ekundayo v Joseph Lamptey 12×3 ABU welterweight title
· Ben Jones v Martin Parlagi 10×3 WBO Intercontinental featherweight title
· JJ McDonagh v Ali Shah 8×3
· Mohammed Mustafa v Darren Snell 4×3
· Jordan Grannum v Mick Mills 4×3
· MH Legg v Sam Wall 4×3
· Onder Ozgul v Mark Till 6×3
· Brandon Brewer v TBA 8×3
*subject to change
Larry Ekundayo has been handed the chance to take a step closer to his world-title target.
Promoter Mickey Helliet has announced ‘The Natural’ will meet Joseph Lamptey for the vacant African Boxing Union welterweight title at The Troxy on Friday, October 30.
The show will be televised by London Live.
Winning the ABU belt would earn the 33 year-old, Deptford-based Nigerian a world ranking with the WBC.
Ekundayo said: “Every fighter wants to reach world level and now the opportunity is here, I have to take it.”
Ekunadyo came to prominence three years ago when he won ‘Prizefighter’ in front of the Sky Sports cameras after entering as a two-fight novice – and Lamptey is well known to British fans.
In May, he was beaten in seven rounds by Sam Eggington for the vacant Commonwealth title and Ekundayo describes the 33 year-old from Ghana as “very tough and rugged. He’s going to come out swinging. He’s not going to be a push over.”
For Ekundayo, this is his first since joining Helliet’s stable – and he’s being trained by his boyhood idol.
Ajose Olusegun, the ex-Commonwealth light-welterweight champion, is helping Ekundayo prepare for this month’s fight, along with Harry Andrews and Barry Smith.
Ekundayo, sponsored by Avik Air, Union Bank UK, Eventim and Ben-Lee, said: “I’ve known Ajose since I was a boy.
“I worked with him back home in Nigeria and to have him with me again is a blessing. He was always my role model. I’ve learned so much from him.
“He was over in America and ever since he returned to England, we’ve been working together.”
Ekundayo has won all 10 fights and in March, he claimed his best win yet when he stopped Dale Evans in five rounds.
That fight was billed as a British-title eliminator – but Ekundayo isn’t eligible to box for the Lonsdale belt.
He says he’s “in the process of applying for British citizenship” and added: “Fingers crossed, next year I will be able to fight for the British title.
“There are a few routes out there I can take and I’m going to take the one the people around me think is best for me.”
Also at the Troxy, Ben Jones . . . .
and Dan Woodgate boxes for a Challenge Belt. Tickets for the show are available from 07837-354977