Boxing - Ekundayo continues to look natural against Cospolite

Larry 'The Natural' Ekundayo (6-0) was just two wins into his pro career before he convincingly captured the Prizefighter light middleweight trophy in November last year. In his first eight rounder, which took place prior to the scrappy Prizefighter Cruiserweights III action at the York Hall, he whistled past tough and game Frenchman Howard Cospolite (8-2).

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Ekundayo (10st 11lbs 12oz) was highly evasive, and planted accurate counters as Cospolite (also 10st 11lbs 12oz) marched forward. The Frenchman took to the canvas in the second, which fired him into action and made his chase more aggressive, but Ekundayo continued to make him look clumsy with beguiling upper body movement and tidy back foot combinations.

Cospolite was game and kept coming forward throughout the contest. His best success came in the sixth round with hooks to the body, but Ekundayo picked him off and went on the front foot for an energetic closing round in which he shook Cospolite with a fast left hook.

Referee Richie Davies scored it 79-74 for Ekundayo. Despite a constant forward march from the Frenchman, BoxRec News had it 80-72 - a natural shutout.

After the fight, BoxRec News learned that Ekundayo was mourning the loss of his grandmother Abebe, who sadly passed away on Tuesday and to whom he was extremely close, having been looked after by her when he first came over from Nigeria.

At age 30, there appears to be no reason to hold Ekundayo back. Just six fights into his professional career, the Stoke Newington resident could be construed as leagues ahead of the competition at light middleweight, and should also make 147lbs fairly comfortably, where it gets more exciting.

Ekundayo's current promoter Spencer Fearon told Sky earlier this year:

"He has similarities of Pernell Whitaker and shows touches of a Ray Leonard. In terms of balance hes a bit like Chris Eubank but then he has a tenaciousness that reminds you a bit of Wilfred Benitez. He has a bit of everything and when he won Prizefighter it was all apparent.”

Ekundayo is expected to be announced as a Matchroom fighter in the next couple of weeks, and should prove to be a stylish, aesthetically pleasing addition to its stable, capable of mixing it past domestic level, where I suspect opportunities could be few and far between.

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