Evans determined to return to winning ways
BRADLEY Evans will look to continue his professional apprenticeship at the Watford Colosseum this Saturday when he has his third professional bout. The 20-year-old Royston super featherweight turned pro in February with a points victory against Sid Razak
BRADLEY Evans will look to continue his professional apprenticeship at the Watford Colosseum this Saturday when he has his third professional bout.
The 20-year-old Royston super featherweight turned pro in February with a points victory against Sid Razak before being held to a draw in his last outing which also came at the Colosseum in May.
Evans, nicknamed the Buzzsaw, will look to resume winning ways this weekend against an as yet un-named opponent as part of the undercard to the clash between Commonwealth welterweight champion John O'Donnell and upset specialist Tom Glover which is live on ITV4.
Evans found the awkward style of Latvian Jevgenijs Kirillovs difficult to get to grips with on his last outing but says he learned a valuable lesson from the four round contest which was scored a draw.
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"I've had time to reflect on that fight and I know that I'm a lot better than that," said Evans.
"I wasn't at all happy with my performance. I still felt I did enough to get the win but the referee saw it differently so I need to make sure I leave no room for doubt in future.
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"He had an unorthodox style and he was a very awkward guy to fight but you're going to come across guys like that in the pros every now and again.
"Myself and my trainer Tony Sims have had a look at the tape and I've worked hard with Tony in the gym on correcting the mistakes I made in that fight."
Evans enjoyed a glittering career in the unpaid ranks including winning the 2008 ABA Featherweight title and being awarded the best boxer of the night during that year's championships.
Despite his amateur pedigree Evans says he's working hard on adjusting his style for the pro ranks.
"I think any new pro has to adapt their style somewhat. In the amateurs there's a lot of emphasis on movement because it's a case of getting in a scoring punch and then getting back out of range.
"In the pros though you need to be prepared to stay inside a bit more so you can do some damage. It means moving your head a lot more and working on your inside fighting but that's something that's improving every day in the gym."
Evans doesn't have to look too far for inspiration with reigning Commonwealth middleweight champion "Dazzling" Darren Barker currently Sims' Hainault Gym's top star.
"Darren's a real inspiration to guys like myself," Evans said.
"He's at the top of his game right now and a real example to us of just what it takes to get to that level.
"Hopefully we can follow in his footsteps over the next few years."
Tickets for Saturday's fight are priced �35, �40 and �75 and are available from the Ticketline box office on 0844 888 4402 or via the website www.ticketline.co.uk