IBF European welterweight champion Larry Ekundayo has warned challenger Louis Greene a cauldron atmosphere awaits him on Friday night.
Ekundayo (14-1-KO3) makes the first defence of his crown against Greene (9-0-KO5) at York Hall – live on BoxNation – and with a fanbase built on both British and Nigerian support, ‘The Natural’ is revelling in the increasing exposure.
Ekundayo said: “This is my territory. It’s always going to be big in terms of my fanbase. A lot of Nigerians are getting behind me now. 70-80% of my fanbase is British even though I’m from Nigeria.
“It took me 10 years to build this fanbase and although I was well-known back in Nigeria, it’s different with social media helping and creating awareness. It’s gathering momentum now.
“It’s a positive thing for me to be representing Nigeria and my family. My children were born in Britain and have never been to Nigeria. I’m doing it for them. They know their roots even though they were born here.
“It’s something I see as a positive thing. I get the British fans support me too so it’s win-win.“
On the threat presented by Greene, Ekundayo added: “I’ve never sparred Louis Greene or even heard of him until the fight was announced. I’ve checked him out since and he’s a good fighter.
“Greene is a very tough kid and has a lot of belief in himself. That makes him more impressive. I’ve seen a few of his fights and he’s not going to be any kind of pushover.”
Joining Ekundayo vs. Greene on a stacked bill is the WBO European super-lightweight title fight between Darragh Foley and Akeem Ennis Brown, a battle of two unbeaten prospects in Liam Wells vs. Rod Douglas Jr and much more.