out what Larry 'THE NATURAL' Ekundayo had to share with me after winning the
Prizefighter knock-out series.
SA: Congratulations on winning the Light Middle
tournament of the knock-out series ‘Prizefighter’. How did you prepare for
such a huge start into a new era?
LE: Well as we all know Prize Fighter is a big and
well known competition and I had to be 100% fit for the tournament. I worked
and trained extremely hard with the help of the Hard knocks team Harry
Andrews (my trainer), Spencer Fearon, Darren Hamilton and Terry Dixon
SA: You fought 3 acclaimed fighters in
one night. Let’s talk about it
LE: I knew that having Craig McEwan as a first opponent was not going to be
an easy fight, but I'm glad I had him first. I thought the first round was
equal, the second round I was throwing more eye catching shots. In the third
round I could sense he was tired so I took advantage of it and pressed
forward. In the third round I used more aggressive tactics because I knew it
SA: After fighting McEwan you beat a world
ranked contender in only your 3rd fight.
How was it fighting someone who was naturally two divisions higher than you?
LE: I think it was an advantage for me as he had to move down weight where
as I had to move up weight.
SA: In your 2nd fight you fought Kris Carslaw
and out boxed him. What were your thoughts before you got into the ring with
him, and after the fight?
LE: I didn’t really get to watch much of his first fight as I was in the
changing room warming up. When I got into the ring with him I used my
amateur experience to quickly read him in the first round. I was quite
pleased with my performance as I felt that I was able to save enough energy
for my final bout. SA: In the final you fought Terry
Carruthers(13-14-6) a more experiences man. You went into the fight wowed
the crowd with your boxing skills.
LE: I managed to watch Terry's first and second fight so that gave me a clue
what to expect from him. His first two fights were wars! I then decided not
to have a fight with him but box him instead. After the first round I
noticed he was getting frustrated so I knew it a matter of time before he
lost his cool and started to lounge in. In the third round he got frustrated
even more and lost his composure, this made him square on and he was easier
for me to catch.
SA: What did this tournament mean to you, did
it open any doors for you?
LE: Winning this tournament means alot to me, and has given me the
opportunity to showcase my talent in a bigger show. For example my next
fight will be at the 'London's Finest' show on the 9th March at Wembley
Arena. Hopefully this will lead to me having a title shot soon.
SA: You have about 125 amateur fights and
winning 110 out of them and won plenty of titles. Tell us a bit about your
What made you decide to finally turn pro?
LE: The reason why I have had so many amateur bouts is because I started
boxing really young (when I was 12). At the age of 17 I qualified to box in
the all African games in South Africa, but I didn’t make the bantam weight
requirement when I got there. So I moved up to welter weight. I boxed as a
welterweight in the commonwealth games and also some other international
amateur events. I won the ABA 2006 and 2007 London Championships and got to
the English quarter final. Due to immigration issues I was unable to turn
SA: Any news on your next fight?
LE: My next fight will on the 'Londons Finest' bill on the 9th March at
Wembley Arena. I’m not sure who my next opponent is yet.
SA: What does your training camp look like and
what is your favorite part?
LE: My training camp is going great and my favorite part is training and
SA: You are currently one of the best boxing prospects.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
LE: Well… I’m just a guy who has come from humble beginnings, who has always
dreamed of making it in the sport I love. I'm a father of three and I love
spending time with my family and watching cartoons with my children.
SA: How would you describe your boxing style?
LE: I like to be an entertaining fighter; I miss the days when boxing used
to be entertaining as well as technical.
SA: What goals have you and your team set for
LE: Firstly getting more rounds under my belt and hopefully some title shots
SA: Thanks for taking the time to talk to me.
LE: Thank you very much for your continued support and we look forward to a