Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans has split from his club coaches Tony Borg and Bill Reynolds from St Joseph’s Gym in Newport. The development came following a story in the South Wales Argus where Borg said he agreed with Evans’ decision to remain amateur as he wasn’t training hard enough for the professional code. Evans took exception to the comments and announced that he is leaving the gym, revealing that he’s only been there a handful of times since his Olympic success. Prior to that, Evans had stated his intentions to turn professional and was rumoured to have spoken to several promoters but he u-turned and decided to stay amateur with the Team GB set up in Sheffield where he trains four days a week, Monday to Thursday. In a short message to BoxingWales, Borg said, “We wish Fred good luck in the forthcoming World Championships in Kazakhstan and we are sure that with Team GB with him he can continue to win medals in world class tournaments. He has already won European Gold at Junior and Senior level, Olympic Silver etc.” In 2006 Nigel Davies, who had trained Evans since he was 4 years old, left Cwmavon Hornets Boxing Club to work with the Team GB set up in Sheffield and he then asked Borg to train Evans who has been based at St Joseph’s ABC ever since. It was during his time at St Joseph’s where Evans enjoyed major international success and made history in 2011 by becoming the first Welshman to win a European gold medal in 60 years and last year he became the first Welsh Olympic medallist since Ralph Evans in 1972.

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