Newport's Olympic medallist Fred Evans charged with assault
Updated 9:21am Friday 14th March 2014 in News
OLYMPIC silver medallist Fred Evans is due to go before the courts charged with two counts of assault.
The 23-year-old, who had his career guided by trainer Tony Borg at his St Joseph’s gym in Newport since he was a youngster, will appear before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on April 17 following an alleged incident in Birmingham City Centre in the early hours of February 23.
Evans, who is from Old St Mellons in Cardiff but regarded by many as an adopted ‘Pill boy’, was arrested the same day and charged.
He was bailed to appear for an initial hearing before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, and is due in court again next month.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “We arrested a 23-year-old from Old St Mellons on February 23, who gave his occupation as a boxer. He was charged later that day with two counts of assault in Birmingham City Centre in the early hours.”
A spokesman for the British Amateur Boxing Association said it was considering disciplinary measures.
He said: “We are aware of impending legal proceedings concerning a member of the GB Boxing Podium squad and are in the process of conducting an inquiry into this as part of our athlete disciplinary procedure.”
The Welsh Amateur Boxing Association said it had no comment to make at this time.
Mr Borg said he knew nothing of the charges and had not spoken to Evans in several months following a disagreement.
Evans joined the Great Britain squad in 2009 and, continuing to train with Borg, won gold at the 2011 European Championships before seeing his media profile go through the roof after his Olympic success.
He battled his way to the finals at the London 2012 games but lost to Kazakhstani Serik Sapiyev 17-9.
In doing so, he became Wales’ first boxer Olympic silver medallist.
He announced in April last year that he had decided to join the professional ranks, arguing that he had achieved everything he could as an amateur, only to U-turn on the decision and join the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) new Pro Boxing (APB) competition.
But following comments from Borg, when he said Evans was the most talented boxer in the country but doesn’t train hard enough hard enough, the two parted company.