News February 2014

Andreas Evangelou wants to add titles to his life turnaround

18.02.14

By @nate_williams23

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.

“If I can get the English title and be in contention for the British by the end of the year I will be happy,” he told Livefight.

“I want to move into the top ten though, because I’ve 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 I’m glad I am fighting Sam because he’s ranked and that will get me more points for beating him.”

“Sam Couzens is going to be tough,” he added.

“I beat his brother (Danny Couzens in 2012) so I’m sure there is going to be that added adrenaline to beat me. He’s ranked 15th in Britain so he is going to come at me and try to win. I’m expecting a good fight and I’m expecting Sam to be my toughest fight to be honest.”

However, it hasn’t 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.

“I used to go out a lot and I used to drink and do drugs now and then. I wasn’t 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 couldn’t live the two lives of going out and boxing in the ring. Over the years, I’ve sparred the top five in the world from super-middle, light-heavy and cruiserweight. I didn’t have time to adapt to both lifestyles when I turned pro.

“I decided to give everything to the sport because I haven’t got a girlfriend, I haven’t had children and my job is very minimal in terms of it’s not a 9am-5pm because I finish at 3pm everyday and everything is geared around becoming a good fighter. That’s why I have won so many fights because I put the work in.”

Evangelou works as a youth mentor for Enfield council and he finds his day job very rewarding, as “The ACE” aims to be a good role model for troubled young people.

“I’ve been there for six years,” he said.

“I work with expelled school kids, youth offenders and the homeless, where their parents have kicked them out. I find it challenging but it’s 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 doesn’t give them an excuse of ‘oh, it’s too late now,’ because I turned my life around and I give them that positive story to build on.”

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.

“Don’s given us a better defence because now we don’t run around as much and we stay on the inside a bit more. Don’s 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 he’s doing. We believe in what he says and he is very passionate as well about both of our careers.”


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.

Watch Conquest v Ammann, plus an action-packed undercard featuring hot prospects Mitchell Smith and Tom Baker, on BoxNation, the Channel of Champions from 7pm on Saturday night. (Sky Ch.437/449 HD, Virgin Ch.546). Join at www.boxnation.com

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