PROFESSIONAL boxer Dean Evans is hoping for more undercard fights as he shows his worth to the sport's elite.

The 36-year-old lightweight is becoming renowned for his hard hitting which has led to him pulling out of his latest fight last Friday with a bruised knuckle.

Evans want to be back in the ring at the end of the month and hopes that performances at Goodison Park and Bramall Lane fighting on the undercard before the Tony Bellew and Kell Brook showcases has attracted the eyes of promoters.

"I had a fight before with a slightly bruised knuckle which led to having two weeks out so I decided not to fight last week," said Evans.

"Don't get me wrong I could have tried to fight but it would have put myself back so wasn't worth it. You sort of rely on your hands in boxing so if you can't use them due to injury you're not going to get on very well."

Evans who trains at Hereford Boxing Academy has put together a string of impressive performance recently since his return to the ring in March following an enforced absence of 10 months due to injury.

Evans sustained an injury to his right hand when boxing against Steve Brogan at Goodison Park on the undercard of Bellew's WBC Cruiserweight World Championship fight against Ilunga Makubu.

This put Evans out of a planned contest for the Southern Area Lightweight Championship fight.

Since his return the Hereford fighter has had five fights, losing three on points, drawing one and winning one.

His victory came last month in Stoke-on-Trent against unbeaten prospect Luke Jones with Evans showing his experience to win 39 points to 37.

The Hereford Boxing Academy member put his name in lights again in May when he put on an impressive performance on the undercard of the Kell Brook vs Errol Spence IBF Welterweight World Championship fight at Bramall Lane in May but lost on points in a close contest against Atif Shafiq.

"I'm boxing really well at the moment and being asked to a lot of big shows," added Evans.

"I'm getting my reputation out there that I'm not a typical lad who just turns up, I go there to fight and always have done. I'm happy getting my name out and about by fighting on the undercards.

"The same company are using me to fight their up and coming prospects which for me is a privilege and an honour."