On June 7, Mark Evans gets to do what many fighters dream of when they first lace on a pair of gloves – fight to become the champion of his country. At the Blackpool Winter Gardens, Evans will take on Chuck Jones for the Welsh super-featherweight title, and the 31-year-old couldn’t be more delighted.
“It’ll mean everything to me,” said Mark, who is unbeaten in eight fights. “It’s a big title if you’re from Wales. I’m from Anglesey which is just a small place so it’ll be a massive thing for the town.
“I’m really looking forward to it. I don’t think anyone from my area’s ever won it before either and as a Welshman I’ll be very proud to have that title.”
Evans and Jones know each other very well, having fought back in March 2011. Mark made his debut that night and ran out a points winner over Chuck, who was having just his second bout.
This time around, with more at stake and 16-fight Chuck lots more experienced, Mark is expecting to face an improved fighter. Looking forward to putting on a battle for the fans, Evans is still confident he can do the double over his Welsh rival and pick up that coveted belt.
“Guaranteed he’ll have improved,” stated Evans, who describes himself as a fighter that likes a tear-up, “but I don’t think he’s changed his style.
“He’ll have got better but if I keep the pressure on it’ll be the same old thing, just looking for that big left hand over the top. It’s a title shot so he might be a bit different, but I think he’ll just come out and give it a bit of a war.
“He’s a southpaw and a bit awkward but I’ll be alright. I don’t think he likes the body shots so I’m going to work away, slow him down, and then take him to pieces. That’s the plan anyway!
“I’m 100 per cent confident I’ll win; I’m not coming out without that belt around me.”
“This’ll be a good contest,” said promoter Steve Wood. “Their first fight was entertaining and Mark only edged it by a point so this one’s no walkover.
“Every fighter wants to be able to say they’re the best in their country and they’ll both give it everything to win that belt. I’m expecting a war and a great fight for the fans.”
VIP Promotions presents Mark Evans and Chuck Jones fighting for the Welsh super-featherweight title on June 7 at the Blackpool Winter Gardens.
The show’s packed undercard will feature fighters from across the North West including Middleton’s Liam Taylor; Bolton’s Simon Jenkinson; Blackpool prospect Adam Little; Denton’s Callum Cooke; Chorley’s Jack Catterall; Blackburn’s Kurt Grieve; Preston’s Dean Halsall; Morecambe puncher Isaac Lowe; hard-hitting Tomi Tatham from Lancaster; Middletons Alex Rutter, and debutants Gary Ormrod from St Helens, Leigh’s Ashley Peyton, and Preston’s Reece Fowler.
Tickets, priced at £30 (General) and £50 (Ringside), are available from all boxers or at www.vipbe.co.uk