ZACHARY EVANS from the Legions Gym in York made the second defence of his Elite Yorkshire 69kg title after winning a unanimous decision over Joe Garside.

Evans, a former world kickboxing champion, originally won the title against Garside and has now made his second defence of the belt, defeating the Hebden Bridge ABC fighter at his opponent's home venue.

Should Evans, 22, retain the title again, he will keep the belt as an outright winner.

Originally from Birmingham but now based in York, Evans showcased his brilliant defensive skills in the opening round, neatly ducking out of the way against the aggressor Garside before responding with counter shots off the back foot.

A big swinging right did land from Garside late at the end of a competitive first round while a head clash brought a small cut to the right eye of Evans.

That didn't deter the Legions fighter in the next round though with his defence remaining solid as he increased his work-rate too.

A clash of heads saw Garside's right eye cut too, with more blood streaming from his cut compared to Evans' as the overhand right from Evans landed to great success.

The champion appeared to be tiring in the third and final round but he launched some thudding body shots and landed a crunching one-two to the head in the final seconds - his best shot of the fight.

Evans took a unanimous decision from the judges scoring at ringside and he'll now move on to a fight on the Legions Gym home show at the Acomb WMC on Friday, November 8.

Also on the same card as Evans were another couple of Legions fighters.

Sam Holmes competed in a skills contest while Lewis Clough was also scheduled to box but was unable to due to his opponent coming in at a heavier weight. 

Legions Gym and Evans are sponsored by SAY Scaffolding.