Ralph Evans

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Rhondda’s Ralph Evans won light-flyweight bronze at the 1972 Munich Olympics, making him the first Welshman to ever claim an Olympic boxing medal.

His father, Gwyn, was a boxer, but Ralph – who was born in 1953 – was a late developer in the sport. When he got going the southpaw’s talent was obvious, though, and he trained with the likes of Joe Bugner.

At the Olympics Evans fought superbly, but was unlucky enough to meet Gyorgy Gedo in the semi-final. The Hungarian, who would eventually win gold, would go on to establish himself as a legend of amateur boxing.

Evans fought just once more before ending his boxing career at the age of 19. He stayed in the sport as a trainer, though, including work with his brother, Wayne, who fought Johnny Owen as a professional.

Evans remained Wales’ most successful Olympic boxer until Fred Evans won silver at London 2012.

One Response to Ralph Evans

  1. NICK CROOMBES July 8, 2014 at 5:25 am #

    anyone know ralph or wayne say nick croombes says gooday

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