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SCOTT EVANS v CHRIS LONG (Wolves Civic, tonight)

27-02-2009

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There’s a busy weekend of boxing in the area, starting with the show at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on Friday evening, courtesy of local promoters First Team. Dave Woodhall reports.

A good atmosphere is always guaranteed at the Civic no matter what the event, although promoters Errol Johnson and PJ Rowson have had to work hard to ensure the bill goes ahead after their original top of the bill ran into problems and had to be scrapped at short notice. In its place is a ten round contest for the Midlands middleweight title between local prospect Scott Evans from Halesowen and experienced Bristol fighter Chris Long.

Evans has won all seven of his pro fights since turning professional 16 months ago, and promoter Johnson says “This is a step up in class, particularly as Scott only took the fight at a week’s notice and even had to cancel arrangements for his 21st birthday on Sunday. He’s got a decent record, and I’m sure he can cope with ten rounds. Scott’s a promising fighter and I can see him going on to fight for the English title, or even competing at British title level.”

29 year old Long has a record of nine wins, 22 defeats and three draws but has fought at a higher level than his opponent, having challenged for the British Masters title and gone the distance with former British super-featherweight champion Michael Gomez in his last fight.

Evans has never gone past eight rounds and it will be interesting to see whether he can last the longer distance. If he can a comfortable points decision is on the cards, followed by a well-earned birthday celebration.

Also on the bill is debutant super-middleweight Ben Wilkes from Wolverhampton, and local light-welterweight Chris Lewis and light-middle Russell Coley will both be seeking to extend four-fight unbeaten records.

Doors open at 7, with the first fight scheduled to start an hour later. Tickets start at £30, and for more information call Errol Johnson on 07852 268333.

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