Knockout seals title for Gladstone boxer
RHYS Evans spent years working towards a senior Queensland boxing title, but in the end it took him only two minutes to claim.
In the final last weekend, Evans knocked out his opponent in Brisbane, and a smile immediately spread across his face.
"It was awesome. I was pretty happy. I cheered and had a smile on my face," he said.
"I am still just so happy with myself. I am happy with how hard I have trained to do it."
After a number of disappointments in the past, including finishing runner-up last year, Evans has taken his training to a new level in the past 12 months.
Ten years into his boxing career, it is the biggest moment the Gladstone boxer has ever experienced.
Now he is planning a raid on higher levels.
"I have got the Queensland titles again in March and they are for the Australian titles (qualification) in April," he said.
"They are picking the Oceania team from that. I want the Aussie title, but we will start with Queensland again."
Evans' coach Mick Daly was equally as proud, saying he had no doubt the boxer deserved the accolade.
The coach has watched a lot of fighters win Queensland titles in the past, and rates this up there with the best.
"He has put in the time and got up early and trained. He deserved everything he got," Daly said.
"I can't say enough for his dedication.
"He is the most dedicated boy in the gym at the moment.
"Nothing is a problem for him, nothing is ever a hassle. He is a great team man who I can't speak highly enough of."
Evans' training schedule:
- Monday: Bag work and sparring - 1.5 hours
- Tuesday: Beach run at Tannum Sands - 1 hour; Strength and conditioning - 1 hour
- Wednesday: Bag work and sparring - 1.5 hours
- Thursday: Gym - 1 hour
- Friday: Beach run at Tannum Sands - 1 hour; Exercise bike - 1 hour
- Saturday: 5km run
- Sunday: Off