Jamie Evans and Gavin Gwynne prove potential with standout performances

Jamie Evans and Gavin Gwynne prove potential with standout performances

While Ashley Brace had the most impressive win of Sanigar Events’ Rumble In the Rhondda show, she was closely followed by promising novice prospects Jamie ‘JJ’ Evans (3-0) and Gavin Gwynne (2-0, 1KO).

Cardiff’s Evans got the show at the Rhondda Fach Sports Centre going with a classy display of counter-punching, out-pointing Yorkshire’s Danny Little (4-22-2) by referee Reece Carter’s 40-36 scorecard.

The super-welterweight was without trainer Darren Wilson but looked unaffected as his manager Chris Sanigar handled things in the corner. 20-year-old Evans remained as smooth as his black velvet shorts and as flashy as his luminous yellow socks for the full four rounds.

Many have singled Evans out as one of Wales’ best prospect and it was evident from the start. Keen to make full use of his southpaw stance, Evans led off with his backhand on several occasions, firing it between Little’s guard. In his second phase, Evans would slip to the sides and soften Little around mid-section with meaty body shots.

Evans’ ability to counterpunch, even whilst going forward, rendered Little more and more hesitant, which gave the 10-time Welsh amateur champion room to find the target. When the visitor did grow in confidence and gradually press forward towards the end, Little was met by more counters, including the introduction of sharp uppercuts.

Treharris’ Gwynne (2-0, 1KO) has taken to the paid code like a duck to water and demonstrated his obvious potential, proving too much for Iranian debutant Yaddola Ghasemi (0-1) in the end, scoring a fourth round stoppage.

Gwynne, who is trained by Tony Borg at St Joseph’s Boxing Club, was straight down to business, repeating waves of jabs from what must be the longest reach of any Welsh lightweight. When the distance shortened, Gwynne looked for tight hooks and uppercuts but initially, his work was often crowded and smothered by Ghasemi’s eagerness to stay close.

Ghasemi was crafty on the inside, shoving Gwynne off balance with shoulder bumps. However, Gwynne soon worked it out and took a step back to make room for right uppercuts, displaying savvy ring intelligence for someone who only started fighting three years ago.

Gwynne’s favoured shot, a left-hook to the body, came in to play more and more. It was enough to halt Ghasemi’s enthusiasm and Gwynne began to dominate, stepping in with flush right hands too. It cut the visitor’s left eye and in an effort to suck up the attacks, Ghasemi would crouch low, only serving to make him a sitting duck for Gwynne’s attacks.

Ghasemi was careless with his head in the final round and a matured Gwynne chose to ignore it. He stayed concentrated and went through the gears to dish out a sustained and successful attack. It rendered Ghasemi to a standstill and referee Martin Williams was right in ending proceedings, 30 seconds before the final bell.

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