12 Rounds with Chris Evangelou

Enfield light-welterweight Chris Evangelou enjoyed an impressive 2011, scoring four victories in the calendar year and improving his record to 9-0 in the process.

The 26 year-old, who’s older brother Andreas is also an undefeated pro fighter, has now set his sights on a shot at Darren Hamilton’s Southern Area belt as he looks to crack the British Top 10 in 2012.

“I am looking at getting my name into the top 10 as soon as possible,” Evangelou told World Boxing News.

“I’ve got my eye on the Southern Area and English titles in the next few months so the likes of Darren Hamilton, who holds the Southern belt, would make for a good fight and boost my rankings.

“This is without doubt the biggest year for me yet and I will be making headlines later in the year.”

Evangelou’s last outing was November when he out-pointed Joel Ryan over four rounds and the Londoner will now look to take the next step to six rounds as he hopes to end up at the ten-round distance in the next nine months.

1.How did you first get into boxing Chris?
When I was 17 I had an argument outside my college, and although it wasn’t physical I wished I had had more confidence. That prompted me to go to Haringey Boxing club to learn some new skills. From there I fell in love with the sport and the rest is history.

2.What was your amateur record?
40 fights; 35 wins.

3.Who influenced you as a young boxer?
Mike Tyson and Oscar De la Hoya.

4.Toughest opponent you have faced?
Arek Malek in Glasgow. He was a very durable opponent and kept coming at me.

5.Who would you want to fight in the future?
Amir Khan.

6.Favourite all-time fight?
Holyfield Vs. Tyson- First fight.

7.Best fight you have seen live?
Audley Harrison Vs. Sprott

8.What is your target for 2012?
Stay undefeated. Go for my first title. Start to become a household name and put on a good show for my fans.

9.What’s your motivation?
My family are my main motivation, being successful for them and making them proud keeps me going. I’m a determined man and once I set my sights on a goal I live and breathe it until I get it. I’ve set my sights on becoming world champion so watch this space.

10.What would you change in Boxing?
I think a loss shouldn’t define a fighter’s entire reputation. As fighters they are what they learn from, make them stronger, so people shouldn’t write them off for that. Amir Khan is a good example of that.

11. Mayweather or Pacquiao?
Mayweather, he has a brilliant defence. It’s a close one though. (Mayweather leads 7-1 in the series)

12. And finally… tell us something we don’t know about Chris Evangelou.
My first passion was acting and I hope to have the time to revive that at some point in the future.