Andreas Evangelou wants to add titles to his life turnaround
From going out to have a drink on a daily basis to being a hungry and undefeated fighter, Andreas Evangelou has really turned his life around.
Evangelou (8-0-1, 1 KO), who next fights Sam Couzens this Saturday night at York Hall on Boxnation, says he wants to land a title by the end of the year and start rising through the light heavyweight ranks.
ďIf I can get the English title and be in contention for the British by the end of the year I will be happy,Ē he told Livefight.
ďI want to move into the top ten though, because Iíve got another four fights under Frank Warren this year so I think that will really move me along. I will get a higher ranking if I beat ranked fighters, which is why Iím glad I am fighting Sam because heís ranked and that will get me more points for beating him.Ē
ďSam Couzens is going to be tough,Ē he added.
ďI beat his brother (Danny Couzens in 2012) so Iím sure there is going to be that added adrenaline to beat me. Heís ranked 15th in Britain so he is going to come at me and try to win. Iím expecting a good fight and Iím expecting Sam to be my toughest fight to be honest.Ē
However, it hasnít been an easy road for the 30-year-old Londoner as he says his life was very different before he stepped in a ring and won 9 out of 11 amateur contests.
ďI used to go out a lot and I used to drink and do drugs now and then. I wasnít living a clean life but I was still always training. In my amateur days, I only had 11 fights but I sparred so many people in that time that I thought I couldnít live the two lives of going out and boxing in the ring. Over the years, Iíve sparred the top five in the world from super-middle, light-heavy and cruiserweight. I didnít have time to adapt to both lifestyles when I turned pro.
ďI decided to give everything to the sport because I havenít got a girlfriend, I havenít had children and my job is very minimal in terms of itís not a 9am-5pm because I finish at 3pm everyday and everything is geared around becoming a good fighter. Thatís why I have won so many fights because I put the work in.Ē
Evangelou works as a youth mentor for Enfield council and he finds his day job very rewarding, as ďThe ACEĒ aims to be a good role model for troubled young people.
ďIíve been there for six years,Ē he said.
ďI work with expelled school kids, youth offenders and the homeless, where their parents have kicked them out. I find it challenging but itís very rewarding and I think a lot of the kids I work with need good male role models around them. For example, I never went to the Olympics and had all the glitz and glamour in the amateurs, I grafted through it and hopefully, they can relate to that. It doesnít give them an excuse of Ďoh, itís too late now,í because I turned my life around and I give them that positive story to build on.Ē
Since signing a new contract with Frank Warren, Evangelou says the most influential change has been working with Don Charles. Evangelou and his brother, Chris, believe that Charles can take them to new heights.
ďDonís given us a better defence because now we donít run around as much and we stay on the inside a bit more. Donís given us a better selection of punches as well, which are a lot harder in terms of getting our bodies into shots. He can take someone from nothing to a world title as he proved with Dereck Chisora so he knows what heís doing. We believe in what he says and he is very passionate as well about both of our careers.Ē
A few remaining tickets are available from Queensberry Promotions on 01992 550 888. Doors will open at 5pm with the first fight at 5.30pm.
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