Jordan Ellison faces another serious test of his skill and durability when he takes on his toughest professional challenge, writes Roy Kelly.
The Hartlepool-trained boxer who has taken on hot prospect after hot prospect since joining the Gus Robinson Developments team has another this evening in Cardiff.
Ellison meets British lightweight title contender Craig Evans over eight rounds on the massive show at the Ice Arena.
His Welsh opponent, from Blackwood in South Wales, is right on the top of his game, having had three big title fights in the last year.
He has won none of them but took part in a valiant British challenge to Scott Cardle, before being involved in successive epic draws with Liverpool’s Tom Stalker for the WBO European belt.
The 26-year-old southpaw will view Ellison as his stepping stone on his path back to championship action and that makes him double dangerous according to Gus Robinson Developments head coach Peter Cope.
“It’s a huge fight for Jordan on a huge show,” said Cope.
“I can’t have asked for any more from him since he joined our team.
“He’s really put the work in, he’s made great strides forward and in the ring he gives it absolutely everything.
“Jordan’s no respecter of reputations, he goes and gets stuck in.
“Evans is a really good kid and this is one fight that Jordan can’t really stand in front of him and trade, he needs to use his boxing skills.”
Ellison dumped Irish prospect Joe Fitzpatrick on his pants for the first two two bouts ago, though he failed to avoid becoming the Commonwealth Games silver medallist’s fifth victim, suffering a points defeat in London.
Last time out, the Seaham 20-year-old went the distance with undefeated Coventry fighter, Joe Cooke, losing on points, 79-74, in BIrmingham.
Evans v Ellison is on the undercard of double Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux’s WBA super-bantamweight defence against Liverpool’s Jazza Dickens.
“It’s great for Jordan to be on this show,” added Cope. “His contest will go out on BoxNation TV so it’s fantastic exposure for him.”