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Tom Cowling-Josh Hodgkins features on Carl Greaves Promotions' Top Prospects card on March 7 in Nottingham

A year after announcing himself to the professional boxing scene with the second-round stoppage of Yeovil’s Bryn Wain, Tom Cowling returns to Nottingham’s Britannia Hotel, where it all started, with the aim of going 4-0.

The Newark 23-year-old is set to face debutant Josh Hodgkins, from Birmingham, an opponent his trainer Carl Greaves said he needed to be wary of.

“He’s a kid who’s making his debut, which does make you a bit cautious because he could be trickier than what you would think,” said Greaves, who trains Cowling out of his Newark gym.

Boxer Tom Cowling trains with Carl Greaves.
Boxer Tom Cowling trains with Carl Greaves.

“There’s not a lot about him out there on the internet but, from what we have heard, he is a tough lad.

“He’s coming from a good stable with the likes of Sam Eggington (28-6-0) so he will be more than capable of putting up a fight.

“But if Tom fights anything like what he was like on his debut than I expect him to get him out of there early.”

Tom Cowling.
Tom Cowling.

Fight night falls on March 7 and is part of Carl Greaves Promotions’ Top Prospects card.

It is a seven-fight card and to help boost the spirits of his fighters Greaves took his stable to Fuerteventura for a week-long camp.

Cowling was part of ten fighters who made the trip.

“We hired a villa and all ten of us stopped there,” said Greaves.

“It was a brilliant atmosphere. Everybody was pushing each other on all the time.

“It’s exactly what a lot of the lads needed.”

Fighters were put through two sessions a day at Fuerte Boxing and Fitness Centre ­— a gym used by the likes of Kell Brook.

“It was tough. We did 13 sessions in total and Tom looked great,” said Greaves. “He’s a different man now.

“The only thing he struggled with was his running, but that will come.

“But looking at his boxing, his strength and conditioning training, his work on the pads and his foot work ­— he’s bang on form.

“It’s about getting him fit and then we should be looking at the best version we have seen from him.”

Cowling said he felt like he was in great shape and had benefited from the week of double sessions.

He said he was looking to put a big performance in come fight night.

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