Andreas Evangelou says defeat has changed brother Chris ahead of rematch

Phil Jay 22/02/2013

As Southern Area light-welterweight title challenger Chris Evangelou prepares to avenge his only loss against current champion Danny Connor next month, elder brother and fellow professional Andreas is sure that the pair’s first meeting has had a profound affect on his younger sibling.

‘The Flash’ has been forced to wait for his chance to gain revenge after a scheduled return was postponed until March 9 at Wembley Arena. Andreas has since been on hand to witness the application shown by Chris since sufferingthe defeat to Connor last September, in what was a highly debatable decision, and believes his brother is in a good place going into the rematch.

“Since the last fight’s poor decision, in my own eyes and the eyes of the majority of people who saw the fight, I’ve seen something different in my younger brother,” Andreas told World Boxing News.

“Not only was I very impressed with how he conducted himself in the post fight interview, but also in the manner where he hasn’t made a big scene about how he felt he was unjustly treated and robbed of a fair decision.

“Chris did what a proper professional should do in his position. He went straight back to the gym, taking the lesson he learnt in that fight to make him a better fighter in his quest to become a world champion.

“From what I’ve seen in the gym and sparring, Chris has become a very dangerous fighter. Adding to his excellent technical ability and speed which he displayed at the Alexandra Palace, he also fights with more tenacity and more power that he’s gained from intense strength and conditioning sessions, which I myself have the pleasure in being part of these ‘sessions of hell!”

Andreas, 29, himself is six-fights into his own undefeated career and is awaiting the green light to continue his light-heavyweight quest on the back of his six-round points win over Danny Couzens in December.

“I’ve been training hard with my brother as I have a fight coming up in March, though the date is yet to be confirmed.
“But right now, we are both very excited for his rematch and despite Chris not having been on any social networks recently in order to put 110% into the fight, he wants his fans to know he loves them all and is more than ready to rumble,” added Andreas.

Danny Connor v Chris Evangelou takes place at Wembley Arena on March 9, forming part of the ‘London’s Finest’ Matchroom bill topped by Darren Barker’s bout against Italian Simone Rotolo. For tickets call 07956-468841.