Evans leading the Welsh charge
3:03pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
Great Britain's Fred Evans (left) in action against Kazakhstan's Serip Sapiyev the Men's Boxing Welter-Weight Gold Medal fight .at the Excel Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday August 12, 2012. See PA story OLYMPICS B
OLYMPIC silver medallist Fred Evans has a medal in mind again after reaching the 16 phase of the World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Evans, the Newport boxer who until recently has been training in St Joes gym in Pill with Tony Borg, pulled off an impressive win over tough Georgian Zaal Kvachatadze to reach the last 16 of the welterweight division.
Evans edged the the opening round then stepped up to claim a clear victory with a solid display of counter-punching.
There was also a fine win for Scottish light-heavyweight Scott Forrest, who beat Denmark’s Martin Pedersen via unanimous decision.
But Welsh lightweight Joe Cordina exited the tournament with a tough defeat to quality Cuban Lazaro Estrada.
However Welsh lightweight Joe Cordina, the Cardiff boxer who also fights out of St Joes, saw his bid for glory at the tournament come to an end when he suffered a tough defeat to classy Cuban Lazaro Estrada.
Bantamweight and former Commonwealth Games gold medal winner Sean McGoldrick, from Newport, was the first Welshman eliminated after he suffered a surprise defeat in the first round of the 56kg division.
McGoldrick lost on points to Venezuela's Yoni Pachecho, with all three judges scoring it 29-28 against him.
However, Andrew Selby, brother of professional champion and St Joes boxer Lee Selby, also made it through to the last 16.
Belfast lightweight Sean McComb booked his place in the last 16 with a comprehensive points win over Gildas Bangana of the Central African Republic.
And Ireland team-mate Joe Ward also went through with an impressive unanimous win over tough Pole Mateusz Tryc in the light-heavyweight class.
Scottish light-heavyweight Scott Forrest beat Denmark's Martin Pedersen via unanimous decision.
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