Sad Evans left 'distraught' by poor display

Cambridge News Online25th May, 2009

"THE Buzzsaw" was blunted as Bradley Evans was held to a disappointing draw in his second professional outing.

Hopes were high for the Royston fighter after an impressive win on his debut three months ago.

But Evans, pictured, failed to hit the same form in a lacklustre display against Latvian lightweight Jevgenijs Kirillovs at Watford Colosseum with the pair tied 38-38 on points following the four-rounder.

Last year's Senior ABA featherweight champion weighed in five-and-a-half pounds heavier than his little-known opponent at 9st 11lb and in reality, did enough to just edge the contest.

Had he got the nod from the referee, it would only have served to cover up the cracks, as he struggled to shake off Kirillovs' spoiling tactics.

The eastern European, who had lost on his debut earlier this year, did well to frustrate Evans by persistently holding, pushing and using his head throughout the contest.

Evans surprisingly had little answer and only showed in brief patches what he was capable of producing - notably at the end of the third round when a sharp left knocked Kirillovs' gumshield flying and was followed by a sustained series of blows only for the bell to sound.

He certainly could not fault his fans, who could be heard bellowing their support, while Jim Rosenthal and Barry McGuigan were trying to do their links for the show's live coverage on ITV4.

Evans, 20, felt he had let them down for a second time after his previous scheduled bout last month was called off at the last minute because his opponent refused to fight due to weight differences.

He said: "I just didn't box well enough. It's my fault that I let it get close enough to be a draw.

"I should have out-boxed him easily because he was just swinging and I know I can do much better than that.

"I'm just distraught about it, but you have to perform at this level and I didn't do that.

"I didn't deserve to win and I've only got myself to blame, so I'll just have to get back down the gym and work on what I did wrong."

Meanwhile, Cambridge welterweight Louis Byrne continues to look for his first win since his recent comeback after losing 40-37 on points to teenage debutant Phill Fury in the show's opening contest.

The Lancaster first-timer was always in charge, but his shots lacked power and Byrne, 24, produced enough decent counter punches to share the second round.