Brilliant, dedicated, respected and beloved boxing coach Jim Evans has sadly passed away at the age of 85, following the toughest yet bravest fight of his life, against prostrate cancer.
A champion amateur boxer, then coach, promoter, manager and mentor; he helped guide many generations of young fighters.
Jim was one of very few selected people awarded with the WBC Medal of Honor and simultaneously the Jose Sulaiman Certificate for Lifetime Achievement.
He first laced his gloves at the age of 12 and spent the rest of his life dedicated to the sport, leaving it so much greater than when he found it.
A man like Jim is such an exceptionally rare treasure. The legacy he has left will be cherished, honoured and, above all, remembered forever.
The WBC paid tribute to Jim, “Too modest to ever blow his own trumpet, we ourselves onpass a clarion salute, accompanying him with his passing from this World to the Next. As William Faulkner said: 'You cannot swim for new horizons, until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.' Thank you Jim Evans.”
David Walker also said, “Dear Friends, Sadly Jim passed away over the weekend. Much loved and appreciated. I feel we did a great thing for him so many people have said to me what a great job The WBC did. So thank you very much we made lots of people happy beyond his family circle. Boxing has lost a scholar and a gentleman. Regards, David.”
London promoter and close friend to Jim, Micky Helliet added, “Heart broken today to hear that the grandad of British Boxing, Jim Evans has passed away. Helped me so much in my career in boxing, always full of good humour. I’ll miss him a lot.”
BBN would also like offer their deepest sympathies to Jim's family and friends at this difficult time. RIP Jim Evans.