Evans feeling good for gold
Fred Evans is confident that he is on the right track to claim Olympic boxing gold this summer - thanks, he claims, to the best corner in the business.
A ten-strong British team will head to London next month with Evans, the reigning European Amateur champion at the 69kg welterweight class, a strong medal contender.
Heading up the team is Rob McCracken, a former British middleweight champion turned professional coach, who has guided Carl Froch back to the summit of the super middleweight division in world boxing.
And with one of the finest coaches in his corner, along with nutritionist Mark Ellison who also works for Manchester United, and a team made up almost entirely of world and European medallists Evans admits that he has never felt so good heading into a championship.
“The set-up in Sheffield with Rob is basically professional, that’s my life and has been for the last few years, Monday to Thursday every week I turn up and train and it’s fantastic,” said the 21-year-old.
“I really am feeling the benefits most of all from the sparring we get in Sheffield, you are fighting against lads that are at the top level.
“I have fought a lot of the people who will be at the Games already and I’ve got video footage of all of them as well so I couldn’t be much better prepared.
“The last competitions I have entered be that the Europeans, the Worlds, I have listened to the team and really stuck to what they have told me to do.
“So that’s diet, training, the set-up that they have planned for me and it has done me proud, I won gold at the Europeans and I qualified for the Olympics at the worlds.
“I won’t be changing anything now, it’s all worked so far and the team have said to me, get your mind right, get your training right and there’s no reason why I can’t leave these Games with the gold medal around my neck.”
With less than six weeks remaining now until the Games get underway Evans is not winding down with training camps in France and back in England still to come.
And the Welsh fighter admits he cannot wait for that first ring walk on British soil on his Olympics debut.
“We have got a training camp in France coming up for two week and that will be a multi-country event so I will definitely be looking to make the most of that,” he added.
“Then we’ve got Brazil coming over to Sheffield for a training camp so I will be able to get a bit of extra sparring then as well.
“We as a squad are just counting down the days until we get in the ring. I don’t want to let the crowd get to me that much, but once the bell goes to be honest everything else is just a blur.
“But it could work in my favour and hopefully in the later rounds I can use it to my advantage when my opponents start to tire.”