Larry Ekundayo was an impressive winner of Prizefighter - Light Middleweights
By Adam Norman. Last Updated: 03/11/12 11:34pm
Prizefighter unearthed a potential British champion as Larry Ekundayo landed the £32,000 first prize at York Hall.
Nigeria-born Ekundayo came into the light-middleweight tournament having won his only two professional fights at the age of 30.
But with visa problems now behind him, Ekundayo can start planning for the future after impressing with stylish wins over pre-tournament Craig McEwan, Kris Carslaw and the brave Terry Carruthers.
Slightly fortunate to beat a weight-drained McEwan, Ekundayo grew into the knockout event and there was no doubt about his win over Carslaw, who himself had been very lucky to get the nod over Ryan Toms.
Carruthers set the evening alight with a barnstorming win against good friend Peter Vaughan and then upset the odds by edging past Rotherham stylist Nav Mansouri, proving just the hungrier of the pair.
Carruthers' marauding style was nullified by Ekundayo in the final though, the local hero's good footwork keeping him at range while the left hook that had worked so well all night once again proved a key weapon.
Ekundayo took his foot off the gas in the second round but upped the pace in the finale and rocked Carruthers with a big right hand before trapping him on the ropes, the referee sparing him further punishment although the Birmingham market trader was not badly hurt.
However, it was a good decision and one that earned Ekundayo an extra £2,000 that was on offer for the first time for a victory inside the distance.
It was an apt finale to an action-packed Prizefighter - the final edition of 2012.