Tom Cowling says he is thankful for the support ahead of his professional boxing debut against Bryn Wain in Nottingham
Tom Cowling says he is overwhelmed by the support ahead of his professional debut.
Cowling, 22, of Balderton, has sold 100 tickets for his Britannia Hotel, Nottingham bout on Saturday, March 2.
He said the support has been incredible and he appreciates everyone who has supported him so far.
“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I love doing,” said Cowling.
The 22-year-old opens Nottinghamshire’s Finest show and his trainer and promoter, Carl Greaves, believes Bryn Wain will be a good test for his fighter.
“Bryn is a very tough journeyman and he’s knocked a few lads down over his career,” said Greaves
“He’s a typical fighter that someone on their debut would face.
“I think Tom will take a lot from this fight and hopefully he’ll be able to build on it.”
Cowling heads into the bout with the experience 76 amateur bout under his belt — 44 of which were wins.
“I’ve got loads of experience behind me, and that’s something that will definitely help.
“Training has gone really well too. It’s was the best training camp I have had in my 12 years of boxing.
“I have been training every day and the sessions have been longer and harder than what I’ve ever done before.”
Cowling started his camp on the turn of the year and said he had learned something new each session.
Having never experienced the feeling of walking out a professional fighter, Cowling said he will be nervous come March 2, but will also be excited and ready for the occasion.
“I want to put a good performance on and then build on that, but most importantly I want to get the win,” he said.
“The pro game will suit me better as in the amateurs I was more distracted and I would sometimes put my social life first, but it’s different now.
“I can box on the back foot, and when times get hard I can fight as well.
“I can mix it up and I’m confident going in to it. You have to be, don’t you?
“Naturally, I think I will be able to wear my opponents down over the rounds, and then get the stoppage from there.
Greaves — who has been involved in Cowling’s development for the past 12 years — said he is excited for Tom’s future, and feels he is yet to reach his potential.
“There’s so much more to come from him,” he said.
“Tom’s got a big future ahead of him. He has bags of talent.
“Every session in the gym I see what he’s capable of and it’s all about bringing it out of him on the night now.
“We’ve done lots to build on his fitness and he been doing six rounds a time, at a hard pace, which has been very good for him.
“I call Tom a box fighter, he’s heavy-handed, strong and has great balance.
“He can box well, but he’s got that fight in him too.
“When he lets his hands go he hits hard, and hopefully, we can get that potential out of him.”
Greaves’ fighters Ellis Machin, of Huthwaite, Brad Daws, of Nottingham and Oly Marple, of Newark — who all train at the former champion’s Boxing Academy on Brunel Drive, Newark — take to the ring on Saturday night.
Doors open at 7pm, with the first bell scheduled to ring at 8pm.
Tickets are priced at £40.
Visit www.carlgreavespromotions.co.uk/events for more information.