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Evans goes for gold

Gold Medal Hope Fred Evans Photo: Sport Wales

Freddie Evans is on the path to glory - can he now take the final step? The Welsh boxer is taking part in the Olympic final for his weight on the final day of the games in London.

His adversary on Friday night was world champion Taras Shelestyuk, but Evans appeared unfazed by the Ukrainian's reputation. The Welshman counter-punching powerfully whenever his opponent advanced - clean blows like these enough to give him a 4-1 lead after the opening round.

Evans has long been tipped for great things, and he showcased his skills further in round 2, this left hook a highlight, although the judges scored the round even.

In his previous fight, he's been guilty of losing concentration. No sign of that this time, Evans continuing to put the combinations together. There was a Ukrainian assaualt to be weathered - the Port Talbot product taking some heavy punches late on.

But he'd done enough to feel confident at the final bell, and the confidence was well-placed - the judges scoring it 11 - 10 in the Welshman's favour. Another feather in the cap for Freddie -and St Joseph's boxing club in Newport where he trains - he'll fight in the final at 14:15 this afternoon.

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