Evans sets sights on shot at Aussie titles
THE lead-up to Rhys Evans's quest to make the Queensland boxing team this year has not been smooth.
The hardest of all of the interruptions was the death of Ben McEachran, a former teammate of Evans at Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club.
But he is determined to use that tragedy as extra motivation.
"We want to win it even more, just for Ben," Evans said.
He won the Queensland boxing title late last year and has won his only bout since; a dominant effort over Luke Toope.
He was hoping to get another tune-up last weekend in Bundaberg, but the trip proved fruitless.
"I missed out last weekend ... there was no one else in my division turn up," he said.
"We only had five of us get fights, so it wasn't ideal for us."
But Evans is tossing that disappointment to the side and not letting anything stand between him and the chance to represent Queensland.
It is not necessarily the state title the boxer is chasing - it is the chance to qualify for the Australian titles for 2015.
He wants to be the best in Australia and his campaign has already started.
He wakes up at 4am each morning.
"I have started training in the mornings again," he said.
"My philosophy in the ring is still the same. It gives me a lot of confidence."
With his legs fit from morning runs, arms strong from sparring in the gym and head strong from past wins, Evans is leading the charge as the captain of the Gladstone team.
"I reckon we (the team) have a good chance of getting a few titles," he said.
The qualifiers begin on Friday, March 27 and continue for the Saturday and Sunday at Acacia Ridge.