Olympics boxing: Wales' Fred Evans feels Rio 2016 lure

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Olympic silver for Evans in welterweight final

Boxer Fred Evans has hinted that he would like to remain amateur and compete for the Olympic gold medal that just eluded him at London 2012.

The 21-year-old Welsh welterweight took silver after of Kazakhstan in the final.

But while Evans says he will take some time to decide his future, he admits the lure of Rio 2016 is strong.

"I'm still young - I'm only 21 - so I think in four years' time I'd still be only young then," Evans said.

"I'm not going to rush into anything yet. I'm just going to have a few weeks off and enjoy myself and then get back into the usual training, [and] just see where I go from there.

"I've got a lot to learn still and obviously coming here and winning a silver at the Olympics, I'm over the moon with it.

"I've got loads of experience to gain, but once I get back into training I'll sit down with my coaches and family and decide where I go, see what's best for me."

Although Sapiyev - a two-times world champion at light welterweight before stepping up to the 69kg division after the Beijing Olympics - proved a bridge too far, Evans has proved his talent and temperament with some notable scalps in London.

Evans saw off Egidijus Kavaliauskas 11-7 to advance to the quarter-finals at London 2012, gaining revenge on the Lithuanian who had beaten him in the last eight of the 2011 World Championships in Baku.

The Cardiff southpaw then beat Canada's Custio Clayton in the London 2012 quarter-finals to secure at least a bronze, then edged world number one Taras Shelestyuk of Ukraine in the semis.

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Fred Evans on winning silver

"All the time building up to each fight I knew I was getting closer to the gold and that was what I had my mind set on," Evans said.

"After beating the world champion and world number one I was so excited and thought I was going to do it."

The silver Evans won is Wales' best boxing medal, trumping Ralph Evans's bronze taken at the 1972 Munich Games - the only previous Olympic podium finish by a Welsh boxer.

"I want to go home now and share it with the rest of Wales as well," Evans added. "All the support they've given me has been unbelievable and I'm just happy.

"Every time I walked into the ExCel Arena that atmosphere was mental and just gave me that bit more of a lift, and seeing faces in the crowd as I was looking around who I knew was just unbelievable."

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