Coach backs Evans to collect British belt

Coach backs Evans to collect British belt

Tony Borg has been at the helm of St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport for over a decade, channeling the wealth of boxing knowledge he gained in a 24-fight career during the 1980’s and 90’s. The 50-year-old amassed a respected record over a nine-year period and Blackwood’s Craig Evans (14-0, 3KO) will call on all of that experience in the corner when he contests the vacant British title against Scott Cardle (17-0, 5KO). Both boxers own unorthodox styles, often with their hands at their waist as they slip, dip and duck out of the way of their own punches, before replying with counterpunches. However, Borg believes that Cardle’s confidence may tempt him away from his natural instincts on 30 May. He said: “It could clash on the night. It depends on Scott Cardle and how he approaches the fight. He is a very good fighter but he can be a bit cocky sometimes. Craig tends to sit back a lot and if Cardle intends to come at him, it’ll fall right in to Craig’s hands better.” Evans has often stated his intention to compete for titles in the super-featherweight [130lbs] division and even accepted an offer to challenge British and Commonwealth champion Liam Walsh earlier this year, only for it to fall through later. Therefore, it was a slight surprise when the British Boxing Board of Control [BBBoC] nominated the Welshman and Cardle to fight for Terry Flanagan’s former 135lb title. Speaking of the southpaw’s weight situation, Borg said: “It [super-featherweight] is not totally out of the picture. If he applied himself to training and dieting outside of training camps, he could still do it. “But when you’re walking around and you haven’t got a date to train towards, you’re weight can go up and down. He won’t do lightweight easily either but it’ll be more comfortable.” It’s set to be a busy night at London’s O2 Arena for Borg as Lee Selby will also challenge unbeaten Russian Evgeny Gradovich for his IBF world featherweight title but it’s one Borg’s prepared for with a team of coaches, including Billy Reynolds and Rod Rees, to assist him. He said: “I’ve had a lot of fighters on one bill before. In the Newport show, I had seven on one show! I was just running back and forth to the dressing room. “I haven’t had big fights like this on the same night, though. It’s going to be a big night, it could be massive for Welsh boxing.” If Selby is to become Wales’ 12th world champion, it’s guaranteed to be a big boost for Welsh boxing and Borg believes that Selby’s rise through the levels acts as an example for his stablemates. Borg said: “If you’ve got an example in the gym, it makes you hungry. Craig’s thinking about his chance for the British title and thinking Selby and Gary Buckland have done it not so long ago. “If you’re in the gym and you’re top dog, everyone is looking up to you but it helps to have someone to look up to like Craig has.” Sky Sports Box Office will show ‘Rule Britannia’ exclusively live this Saturday. Buy now at www.skysports.com/brookgavin

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