Ovill McKenzie stops Jeff Evans to reclaim the Commonwealth title

Jeff Evans
Jeff Evans made his professional debut against Jamie Norkett in August 2009

Jeff Evans Commonwealth light-heavyweight title bid against Ovill McKenzie lasted just 15 seconds on Friday night in Halifax.

The 29-year-old from Pontypool agreed to take on McKenzie at late notice, but the Welsh champion was caught with a crushing right hand early on.

Referee Terry O'Connor immediately stopped the fight, with McKenzie regaining the title he held in 2006.

Former cruiserweight WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli could be a next opponent.

Maccarinelli has decided to step down to light-heavyweight and the Swansea product will make his debut at the 175lb mark on 18 November, against Hungarian Gyorgy Marosi at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Gary Lockett-trained Evans had hoped to emulate featherweight Lee Selby and become Wales' second current Commonwealth champion.

Evans' only defeat before Friday in his 11-fight professional career was a loss to Paul David in the semi-final of the 2010 super-middleweight Prizefighter tournament.

Jamaican-born McKenzie had lost his last two fights, both Commonwealth title challenges, to Tony Bellew who recently lost on points to another Welshman - WBO champion Nathan Cleverly.

The 31-year-old McKenzie, who now lives in Derby, previously lifted the Commonwealth title when he beat Peter Haymer in September 2006 but lost in his first defence to Dean Francis.

Top Stories