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Tom Cowling hopes to follow in the footsteps of 'inspiration' Sam Bowen

By Connor Thompson

A Newark-based boxer is hoping to bring the British title back to the Advertiser area.

Tom Cowling launches his professional boxing career at Nottingham’s Britannia Hotel on Saturday, March 2, opening a card that features undefeated Newark fighter Oly Marple.

Cowling, 22, is trained and managed by former world super featherweight title holder Carl Greaves, and wants to emulate another of Greaves’ fighter’s success stories.

TOM COWLING (left) trains with fellow professional Kyle Haywood. Cedit: @CarlGreavesPro (6955498)
TOM COWLING (left) trains with fellow professional Kyle Haywood. Cedit: @CarlGreavesPro (6955498)

Greaves has steered 26-year-old Sam Bowen to the British super-featherweight title ­and a top-ten world ranking.

Cowling said: “Sam is an inspiration.

“Everyone in the gym looks up to him and one day I am hoping to go for the British title.”

Cowling turns professional with the experience of 76 amateur bouts behind him.

He fought for Bracebridge and South Normanton School of Boxing ­— and mixed in good company.

“I have had a good amateur apprenticeship,” said Cowling. “I have lots of experience behind me.”

“I never went that far in the ABAs because the Midlands was strong at my weight.

“I boxed people like Kieran Conway (now an unbeaten pro) and Carl Fail (Great Britain number one) and lost close fights to them.”

Cowling’s fighting style saw him finish fights strongly and he believes the longer bouts in the professional ring will suit him.

“I definitely get better as the fights go on,” he said.

Cowling believes he has the right man guiding his professional career.

“I’ve known Carl since I started boxing, when I was ten years old and I know he will look after me,” he said.

“Carl knows his boxing and has the connections to make sure I get the right fights at the right time.”

Cowling’s trainer, Greaves, said the Newark fighter will go far in the professional game.

He said:“Tom has got quality in his punches and picks them quite nicely.

“We haven’t had a boxer come out of Newark with quite as much experience at amateur level as Tom for a long time.”


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