Boxer puts his faith in trainer Daly
BRAWLER Ben Bowes has been hit harder during training in Mick Daly's gym than he has in the ring.
He's also lost two consecutive fights for the first time.
It sounds like things are going downhill for the former Rockhampton PCYC boxer.
But that's not the case for Bowes, 26, who has his sights on breaking into the professional ranks after joining Daly and the team at Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club last year.
"It's tough but it's definitely worth it," he said.
"Mick has taken plenty of fighters to Commonwealth Games, he's got an Olympian in the gym, Daniel Beahan, and he's an Australian Olympic coach as well.
"I've pulled my style back a fair bit. It was pretty wild ... I got away with it before but in the association I can't.
"Even just sparring with the boys, they put me on my ass pretty quickly."
Bowes makes his return to the ring on Saturday night after seven months away as Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club hosts Fight to the Top Fight Night at Barney Point.
Since joining Daly and the team, which fights under the Amateur International Boxing Association banner, Bowes has fought the toughest bouts of his career.
Along with the 220km round trip to Daly's gym three nights a week, Bowes has dropped weight to fight at 64kg - 7kg lighter than he's fought in the past - and has been matched with Australian champions in his first two bouts in the new competition.
Australian 69kg champion Jesse Travers had his measure in his first fight while former Australian representative Isiah Farr, who Bowes believes will be the man to beat at the Queensland championships, claimed a points decision in the pair's last meeting.
Not that it bothers him.
"I've had two fights under Mick and fought some tough competitors," he said.
"I've had two losses to start. I'd never lost two fights in a row ever.
"But I'd rather fight and lose to them sort of blokes than get the easybeats I was getting in Global (Amateur Boxing Organisation).
"Losing close decisions to them blokes (shows that) I'm not far off the mark. Come state titles Isiah Farr is the one to beat at 64kg, not only in Queensland but probably Australia and I can beat him, it's definitely do-able."
Bowes, Clarence Mitchell, Jimmy McConachy and Jake Brown are all former PCYC fighters out of Daly's gym.
Mitchell takes on Sam Cameron-Hand in the main junior bout on the night.
Fights start at 6pm.