Larry Ekundayo will take on David Barnes in a 10-round contest at York Hall

By Adam Norman.   Last Updated: 14/11/12 6:39pm

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Prizefighter champion Larry Ekundayo will take on former two-weight British champion David Barnes at York Hall on February 1.

Ekundayo's promoter Spencer Fearon called out Barnes both before and after his recent victory in the latest installment of Prizefighter earlier this month.

And Barnes' paymaster Dave Coldwell was only too happy to make the fight despite the 31-year-old's recent inactivity.

"Spencer was shouting him out and now he's won Prizefighter he's the guy everyone's singing and dancing about," Coldwell told Sky Sports.

"He wants a shortcut to the top and Barnes is a good name. Barnes has been there and done it. Alright he's not been active, but there's a big difference between beating guys over three rounds and getting in there and beating a skilful operator like David over 10."

Barnes is fully recovered from a serious crash earlier this year and Coldwell believes the 31-year-old is determined to prove a lot of people wrong.


The Manchester fighter appeared to have the world at his feet when he won a Lonsdale belt outright as far back as 2004, but he has yet to exceed those heights.

"I think he knows he's underachieved in his career," added the promoter. "He thinks he's got the ability to beat most people out there.

"He hasn't fulfilled his potential and I think that is what is behind him carrying on. But he's got to have real fights and he's got to impress.

"I brought Vivian Harris over and he was very disappointing. There's too many nights when David has been disappointing. He's got to start producing now.

"If David Barnes can't beat a five-fight novice then he's not going to win a British title again. He's not going to be a major force. So he shouldn't have any qualms about fighting someone like that over 10 rounds."

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