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Tom Cowling promises to be at his best for upcoming Newark Showground fight after comfortable points win over Walsall’s Kearon Thomas at the King Power Stadium


By Connor Thompson


Tom Cowling says the best is yet to come after recording his second pro win at the King Power Stadium.

Cowling, from Newark, returned to the ring after an eight-month break, having suffered a back injury that almost forced him to give up the sport.

But the 22-year-old returned in emphatic fashion in Leicester, dominating Walsall’s Kearon Thomas in a unanimous points decision win (40-36).

THE Newark boxer will return to the ring in December.
THE Newark boxer will return to the ring in December.

“It felt good to be back in the ring after eight months out,” said Cowling.

“I enjoyed myself in there and I’ve got that fighting feeling back.”

Cowling, who looked to force a stoppage after heavy pressure in the third and fourth round, said he was disappointed it went all the way, but gave props to the tough Thomas, who had only been stopped once before.

TOM COWLING, of Newark, lands a strong right hand on Kearon Thomas at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium.
TOM COWLING, of Newark, lands a strong right hand on Kearon Thomas at Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium.

“I was slightly disappointed I didn’t get him out of there, but fair play to him,” he said.

“He was very tough and did well to hold on and spoil my work.

“If I am being honest, I felt a bit flat on the night and I was a bit critical of my performance at the time, but looking back on the footage of the fight, I did what I had to do to get the win.”

Cowling also said he took a lot of experience from going four rounds for the first time, with the bout proving to be a good learning curve in the early stages of his career.

IT was Cowling's second pro win.
IT was Cowling's second pro win.

He now turns his attention to December 7, when he has promised to wow a home crowd at Newark Showground on Carl Greaves’ Cracking Prospects show.

“There’s no time off for me now,” Cowling said.

“I’m getting straight back in the gym and working on areas I need to improve on so I’m ready for my next fight in four weeks time.

“I’m really looking forward to this, it will be the first time boxing professionally in my home town and I cannot wait to show everyone what I can do.

“The fight (against Thomas) knocked off the rust, just in time for the Newark show, where you will see the best of me.”

He said he hopes the support in his first two bouts can be replicated, to spur him on to victory in Newark.

“The support was brilliant once again, and I want to thank everyone who came to support me on the night.

“It was so important to hear the noise from the crowd, it really spurred me on and helped me get the win.”

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