Franchise the right step for Evans
Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans has revealed how his desire to be a part of Great Britain's first World Series of Boxing franchise convinced him to resist the lure of the professional ranks in the aftermath of London 2012.
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Evans is the biggest name in the GB Lionhearts line-up which makes its home debut at Celtic Manor near Newport on Friday November 23, alongside fellow Welshman Andrew Selby and Ireland pair John Joe Nevin and Joe Ward.
European champion Evans earned rave reviews for his performances in London, beating world champion Taras Shelestyuk to reach the Olympic final before falling to Kazakh Serik Sapiyev, who was later voted boxer of the tournament.
Inevitably Evans was courted by professional promoters eager to cash in on his Olympic success. But while his fellow medallists continue to ponder their futures, Evans was eager to sign up for the global tournament, where performances are heavily incentivised.
Evans said: "I spoke to a few professional promoters but the World Series of Boxing seemed the best way forward for me. It is a monthly wage plus bonuses and the experience of fighting some of the best boxers in the world.
"Obviously the next Olympics in Rio is a long way off so it is too early to commit myself to anything like that. But I have no need to rush into anything and for now the World Series of Boxing is an excellent opportunity."
Evans, who believes the competition's format of five-round fights without headguards will suit his patient style, did not court post-Olympic publicity like his fellow medallists. But he admits his medal has changed his life.
"I carry my medal round with me most of the time and everyone asks to see it," added Evans. "I get recognised a lot when I go out at home. I did some local charity stuff and it was good to get the publicity, but it was also nice to have some time at home.
"I was very pleased with what I achieved at the Olympics and I got a good reaction. Obviously I was disappointed when I got my medal because I thought I could get gold. But my performances proved to me how much I can achieve."