Blackwood’s Craig Evans (10-0, 3KO) has gone through a period of transition in 2013 but he’s now settled in and ready to kick start his career. The talented 24-year-old split from his base in Manchester where he worked with his long term trainer Lee Beard to move back home and link up with Newport’s buzzing St Joseph’s boxing club, under the guidance of Tony Borg. He said, “My younger brother (Rhys ‘Chucky’ Evans) started boxing again and he was training with Tony. Then me and my old trainer fell out a bit, so I went to see Tony and started training there. We’ve clicked straight away. “It’s going good and the main benefit is I’m getting sparring with Lee Selby, Gary Buckland, Dai Jones and Frankie Borg. They all have different styles and it keeps you sharp. It’s good for me to be with that calibre of fighters like.” Evans next appears in the ring on Saturday on Frank Warren Promotions’ show at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The southpaw faces Spain’s late replacement Andoni Alonso (7-4-3, 1KO), it will be his third fight this year and he’s keen to be in more meaningful fights next year. He said, “Hopefully after tomorrow, I’ll be 11-0. Then I should be fighting for titles really. I wouldn’t mind fighting in eliminators or going straight for titles. I’ll let the matchmaker do his job and if he got me a title at the beginning of next year or sometime soon, I’m ready to go to that level. I’m ready to have fights with someone coming towards me and when people do want to fight me, I know I’ll get them out of there.” Evans enjoyed a stellar amateur career and mixed with the best in the world, including stars like Vasyl Lomachenko and Andrew Selby. So far in the paid ranks, Evans has been treading water but he’s more than capable of stepping up and he knows it. He said, “I fought some good amateurs in some top multi-nations tournaments and now in the pros, I’m ready to fight step up. It doesn’t bother me who I fight. Who ever they put in front of me, I’ll fight him. “For this next fight, I’m doing lightweight so I’ll either be at that or super-feather. I don’t mind any sort of title. A title is a title and it gets me on the ladder and moving up the rankings, I’d be happy for a Welsh title or any sort of title really.” Earlier this year, Craig’s brother Rhys ‘Chucky’ Evans joined the professional ranks and quickly picked up back-to-back wins. The supportive siblings first boxed together as children at Fleur-de-Lys’ boxing club and they’re enthused about boxing alongside each other again. He said, “It’s alright, he’s a confident guy. He’s my brother and I know what he’s like, he’s full of energy and he’s just mad like. It’s good to train with him and when we’re fighting on the same bills we do a lot of training together and we do our runs together.”

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