Boxing - Evans eyeing up switch to professional ranks

Olympic silver medal-winning boxer Fred Evans will turn professional at some point this year according to his trainer.

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Evans was one of the many British boxers to shine at London 2012, winning welterweight silver to become the most successful Welsh boxer in Olympic history.

Since his Olympic adventure Evans, who is also a European champion, continued to impress as he turned out for British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing as they reached the quarter-final stage.

However trainer Tony Borg admits that the Rio Olympics in 2016 are not on Evans' agenda as he looks to make a splash in the professional ranks.

"He needs turning professional to get him going again and to motivate him," said Borg.

"Fred feels it is time to move on now and join the professional ranks which is something he has wanted to do since he first came into the gym.

"He feels he is just going over the same grounds and boxing the same people and he has gone a bit flat and he needs a fresh start.

"We will sit down with a number of different promoters and we will see what they bring to the table.

"Fred is the European gold medallist, Olympic silver medallist and the first Welshman to reach the Olympic finals.

"He feels it is time to move on now and join the professional ranks which is something he has wanted to do since he first came into the gym. He doesn’t want to wait another four years and it is time for him to turn (professional)."

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