London 2012

Evans secures medal

Welshman joins Campbell, Ogogo, Joshua and Adams in semis

Last Updated: 08/08/12 7:37am

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Fred Evans: Progressed on the countback ruling

Fred Evans: Progressed on the countback ruling

Welshman Fred Evans faced an anxious wait before finally discovering he had guaranteed at least a bronze medal.

Evans blew a five-point lead after the first-round to be held to a 14-14 draw by Canada's Custio Clayton.

Evans, though, eventually progressed on the countback ruling - although the decision was delayed after Canada appealed the decision.

Great Britain has now matched their post-War record of five boxing medals at one Olympic Games - with Evans joining team-mates Luke Campbell, Anthony Ogogo, Anthony Joshua and Nicola Adams in earning at least bronze, while Thomas Stalker's quest is still to come.

Evans, who was unaware of the appeal, said: "I was really comfortable at the end of the first but perhaps I stepped off the gas a little.

"I didn't realise how much he pulled it back. In the last 30 seconds I started cruising because I thought I was three or four up."

Evans had looked set for a comfortable night against the little-known Canadian, easing into a 7-2 lead, but he inexplicably switched off the in second and a big right from Clayton ought to have presented a timely reminder of his need to hit back.

The Canadian finished the round well, though a score of 6-3 in his favour was certainly a surprise, and Evans suddenly seemed caught in two minds as Clayton came back to force a tense and ultimately drawn-out finale.

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