OLYMPICS LONDON 2012: Excellent Evans secures medal as Selby crashes out
FRED Evans insists the success of Great Britain’s boxing team is down to teamwork after the Welsh welterweight secured his team’s fifth guaranteed medal of London 2012.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Fred Evans finally secures Olympic medal, taking Team GB's tally up to five guaranteed boxing bronzes
Evans defeated Canada’s Custio Clayton on a count back after finishing level on 14-14 to continue the fine form of Team GB’s boxers in an impressive Olympic campaign.
And 21-year-old Evans insists the secret to their success is down to team spirit after guaranteeing himself at least a bronze medal.
“We all get along great, we’re all a great team, it’s a good spirit,” said Evans, the first Welsh boxer to secure an Olympic medal since Ralph Evans in Munich 1972.
“It’s my dream come true to get a medal at the Olympic Games, it’s unbelievable.
“I didn’t box to the best of my ability, I just spoilt my work a little, but hopefully I can go on and change the colour of my medal.”
European champion Andrew Selby couldn’t join Team GB’s five boxers on a guaranteed Olympic medal after falling to defeat at the hands of Cuba’s Robeisy Ramirez Carrazana.
Flyweight Selby couldn’t cope with the counter work and power of the superior Cuban as he crashed out of London 2012 with a 16-11 defeat.
And the Cardiff-born 23-year-old admitted he was beaten by the better man as his debut Olympic campaign ended in disappointing fashion.
He said: "He was the better man on the day. I threw more combinations and was letting my shots go but he was just getting me before I got my hands up.
"I could have boxed more and not got involved. I was on the ropes and obviously to the judges it looks like he's picking me off. I just need to get off the ropes now and again.
"It wasn't that he was fast, he was just clever.”
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