Evaldas Petrauskas, Lithuania's secret weapon
The rising power that is Lithuania has produced some fine boxers in recent times, with these having put in some same amazing performances in this last Olympic era. Two qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games, Evaldas Petrauskas and Egidijus Kavaliauskas, after both took part in the AIBA Road to Dream program.
Evaldas Petrauskas, born in Vilnius in 1992, started his boxing career at the tender age of nine. His coach, Vladimiras Bajevas, his best friend, who has trained other top athletes, including 19-year-old Youth Olympic Games winner Ricardas Kuncaitis, has helped Petrauskas develop into a fearsome competitor.
Lithuania has also had a great boxing tradition with Danas Pozniakas claiming the gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico. Since 1991 however, the country has not seen any Olympic medal hopefuls but with Petrauskas and Kavaliauskas both travelling to the British capital, this could be the year it all...