'Junior' excuse doesn't weigh up for Mulvihull on knockback
ALL Ben Mulvihill wants to do is go toe-toe with Ben Bowes.
But Bowes, the current Australian Global Boxing welterweight title holder, isn't having a bar of it.
Rising Rockhampton boxing star Mulvihill, who trains out of the CQMMA gym, hoped to enter the ring with Bowes at the recent Rocky PCYC Boxing Club Fight Night but said his opponent refused.
"I've been trying to organise it for a while but still haven't been able to get him in the ring," Mulvihill said.
"It will attract people and give me extra exposure."
Mulvihill said Bowes' reasoning was that he didn't want to fight a junior, but the 17 year old didn't want to settle for it.
"I've been fighting for about five years now and my results have been good," Mulvihill said.
"I've been fighting blokes five years older than me and winning.
"My goal is to go pro and go as far as I can and I'm aspiring to Queensland and Australian Titles later in the year and another Rockhampton bout in August.
"I don't really have any guys my age to fight, just mainly older guys."
Bowes defended his decision and said fighting the youngster would achieve nothing.
"It has nothing do with his fighting ability and it's nothing personal," Bowes said.
"I gain nothing from fighting a junior. If he was 18 and a senior I'd fight him tomorrow.
"Our weight class is also different, I'm in the 63.5kg division and he weighed in at 72.5kg."