Date: 29th June 2017 at 1:01pm
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A week Saturday, July 8th, Bradley Skeete will be making a defence of his British welterweight title, at the Copper Box Arena, in London.

His opponent on the night will be Dale Evans.

Dale Evans earned the right to fight for the British title in an official eliminator on 29TH September 2016.

But it was a fight that ended in tragedy with his opponent, Mike Towell, losing consciousness and then, sadly, dying from brain injuries.

For Evans, as you?d expect, it was a harrowing experience, the boxer struggled to come to terms with what had happened and, as you would, questioned whether he wanted to continue in the game.

However, Evans is determined to beat Skeete and claim the title not only for himself but also for the tragic Mike Towell.

Talking to the media about the situation he found himself in following the tragic death of his opponent, Evans has remarked,

‘At first it was horrible, every fighter knows the risk when you go into the ring but you never expect it to happen to either of you and you don’t want it to happen.

‘It has been a rough few months, I have had to pick myself up and family and friends have helped me through it. You never stop thinking about it.

‘I don’t want to sound like a stuck record, but it is not just about doing it for myself anymore, it is for Mike and his family as well.

‘After it happened, I just locked myself away, eating rubbish, picturing a little boy without his daddy. I was numb. I was constantly questioning whether I wanted to continue boxing. It dawned that it could’ve been me.’

It only goes to highlight what a dangerous sport boxing can be, but we?re sure that Mike Towell would have wanted Dale Evans to carry on, in an ideal world Evans will win the British title he?s craved about winning all his life, but Skeete is a talented boxer and will be a tough opponent.