Welshman Fred Evans (3-0) had a glittering amateur career, he won gold for Wales at the 2011 European Amateur Boxing Championships in Ankara. He followed that up by representing Team GB, at the London 2012 Olympics, where he won the silver medal at welterweight. He had a few years away from boxing but in 2017 turned professional.
The 27-year-old southpaw campaigns at middleweight and has won his first three contests. I caught up with him at St. Joseph’s Gym, Newport, Wales. The home of IBF World featherweight champion Lee Selby.
I was in the gym from the age of four. My dad took me along and I carried it through ever since.
I won the European cadets, European seniors. Won multiple international tournaments. My record was way over a hundred fights. I didn’t lose many as an amateur, maybe six to eight fights.
I had some stuff going on, away from the boxing. It put a delay on until I got my pro career going.
No, not really. It had been a dream to go to the Olympics and get a medal, which I achieved. Next goal, is to be a World champion as a pro.
Pretty good. My first fight was a six-rounder, I’ve always had tough opponents because I want to fast-track and fight for a title as soon as possible.
14th of April at the Cardiff Ice Arena.
Add me on Facebook. Come into the St. Joseph’s Gym (Newport, Wales) and I can arrange to sort tickets for them.
Not yet. Hopefully, they will name him shortly. It’ll be six or eight rounds.
As many as possible. If I could fight every week, I’d fight every week.
Chris Sanigar is my manager. Sanigar Promotions are my promoter.
Sanigar have asked for it a few times. But, they’ve been turned down. If that means I have to skip the Welsh title and go up for the next one, then so be it.
Definitely, it’s always been my goal to bring back another World title to Cardiff.
Definitely Joshua. Be a good fight and bigger test for him.
Probably Canelo. I’ll pick him.
Thanks to trainer Tony Borg and everyone in the gym. My family. My little brother Cruz, he’s always with me every day, waking me up and making sure I’m in the gym. He’s only twelve. Thanks to my sponsors Hawkes Essentials and Farmbank Towing Centre.