Evans Looks to Get Loud In the Ring

Hatton Boxers Photoshoot
Picture by Mark Robinson.
23rd September 2015
Sam Taffy Evans
Hatton Boxers Photoshoot Picture by Mark Robinson. 23rd September 2015 Sam Taffy Evans

Hatton Boxers Photoshoot
Picture by Mark Robinson.
23rd September 2015
Sam Taffy Evans

“Quiet Man” Sam Evans is determined to make some noise when he returns to the ring this weekend.

The softly spoken welterweight, who is trained by Ricky Hatton, isn’t one to shout his mouth off and prefers to let his fists do the talking.

But he wants to make huge statement of intent against grizzled veteran Kevin McCauley in Cannock on Sunday afternoon.

“I don’t like to say too much but I think I have the kind of style that the fans like and I want to make a real statement on the 24th,” Sam, 4 – 0 (1 KO), said.

“I’m an aggressive, come forward fighter and I believe I always put on a good, exciting, show so hopefully this weekend I’ll give everyone watching something to talk about.

“I’ve had the perfect camp with Ricky. I’ve been working hard in the sessions with him in the mornings and then putting in extra runs with [stable mate] Reuben Arrowsmith in the evenings so I can’t wait to see everything come together.”

The 20-year-old West Midlander only turned professional last October, but with four paid contests already under his belt he admits that he has an eye on title opportunities in the next 12 months.

“I’ve been fighting quite often since turning pro and I’m happy to get as many under my belt as I can before looking for titles in 2017,” he said.

“I’m only 20 so I’ve got plenty of time on my side and I’m happy to take the fights as they come, but everyone wants to get belts around their waist and with the speed Ricky is bringing me along, I think I could be looking at something as early as next year.”

This Sunday’s bill is entitled ‘Danger Zone’ and takes place at the Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock, Staffordshire. Top of the bill is the eagerly anticipated English super-lightweight title clash between Anthony Upton and Luke Paddock.

In addition to Evans, fellow Ricky Hatton-trained prospects Sonny Upton and Reuben Arrowsmith are in action on the undercard. Also featured are English super-bantamweight champion Sean Davis, Swadlincote super-middleweight Zach Parker, Burton’s Leon Gower, Derby debutant Sahib Singh Mann, and former world kickboxing champion Chad Sugden.

Prospect Sam Evans Fine Tuning Body Attack Ahead of Feb. 19 Courtesy of Ricky Hatton

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WEDNESBURY prospect Sam Evans has become a star pupil in the Ricky Hatton school of body punching.

The heavy-handed teenager joined Hatton’s stable last autumn and has worked meticulously on perfecting the Hitman’s favourite shot – a left hook to the torso.

And he gets a change to put what he’s learned into practice at Walsall Town Hall this Friday night (February 19) when he faces Atherton’s teak tough William Warburton.

“Ricky is one of the best body punchers in boxing history so there’s nobody better to learn off,” Evans, 19, said.

“He teaches me all these little tricks in the gym and I can’t wait for each fight to come up because it gives me a chance to try out what he’s taught me.

“I’ve watched the video of his fight with [Jose Luis] Castillo over and over and it’s the perfect punch. I’d love to get off a body punch like that.”

The aforementioned Warburton isn’t the kind of boxer that takes too many to the midriff though. The Lancastrian is a veteran of 113 paid contests and has only failed to hear the final bell on two occasions.

“He’s scored a few upsets and he’s as tough as they come,” Evans said of his opponent. “I’m more than confident I’ll get the win. I don’t make predictions, I’m just sure I can get another win under my belt.

“It’s easy for any boxer to say they’ll knock their opponent out, but I’m not like that. I’ll just go with the flow and do whatever Ricky tells me to in the corner.”

This Friday’s show is a co-promotion between Hatton Promotions and Black Country Boxing and is headlined by Halesowen puncher Lennox Clarke’s eight round tussle with Harlow’s Richard Horton.

On the undercard, Evans is joined by fellow Ricky Hatton-trained prospects Reuben Arrowsmith (3-0) and Nathan Gorman (1-0).

Also appearing are West Bromwich heavyweight Matt Gordon (2-0), highly-rated Swadlincote prospect Zach Parker (3-0), Old Hill’s stylish Manny ‘Pac Man’ Zaber (3-0), Stoke’s Kieran McLaren (6-0) and Birmingham puncher Luke Heron (Walker) (2-0).

Tickets are priced at £30 (general admission) and £60 (VIP Ringside), and can be purchased by calling 0845 111 2900 or directly from any boxer on the bill.

Sam Evans Winding Up to Cap off 2015 with a Bang

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SAM EVANS is aiming to end the year with another scintillating performance at the Banks’s Stadium in Walsall.
 
The Ricky Hatton-trained welterweight was due to box earlier this month, but had to pull out due to a virus. Now he’s fighting fit again and is ready to prove it against an as yet to be confirmed opponent on Black Country Boxing’s ‘Christmas Cracker’ event next Friday (December 18).
 
Evans put in a hair-raising display by blasting out Latvia’s Zaurs Sadihovs on his professional debut in October and he sees no reason why he can’t score another knockout.
 
“I was gutted not to fight last week, but I’m glad my team got me another date before Christmas and I can’t wait to get in the ring and do some damage,” he said.
 
“My debut went exactly how I wanted it to and I think I can knock out my next opponent as well. I don’t know who I’ve got yet, but I’ll fight anyone. There’s going to be fireworks again.
 
“I do a lot of sparring with Conor Benn and it’s always a war so getting in the ring and fighting these journeymen types is the easy bit. Those sparring sessions get me ready for whoever is put in front of me.”
 
With his all action style, Evans has been likened to a young Ricky Hatton. It’s a comparison that brings a smile to the 19-year-old’s face, although he knows he’s got a long way to go before he can emulate the achievements of his coach.
 
“I think people compare me to Ricky because I like to come forward and throw shots to the body like he used to,” Evans said. “I’m happy they think that, but I’ve still got a lot to learn.
 
“Ricky teaches me new things in the gym every day and if I can go on to achieve half of what he did, then I’m going to have a great career.”