'Bulldog' Bowes tops state in boxing

BOXING: Ben “Bulldog” Bowes might not have a collar but he does have a new belt.

Last weekend Bowes was one of a group of Rockhampton PCYC boxers who went to Caloundra with trainer Des Upton, and for Bowes, 20, the journey was special.

Bowes was fighting for his first state title.

Admittedly, Harley Broom was also going for a state title in his weight division but he was making the trip to retain the belt he earned earlier in the year.

Although Bowes is still a novice of fewer than 10 fights, Upton has been impressed with the progress shown by his young boxer and also the attitude he takes into the ring.

Fighting in the 67kg weight division, Bowes was up against an experienced competitor in Danny Goodall and had never fought in a contest of four two-minute rounds.

“It was a top fight,” Upton declared. “They went hell for leather all the way through.”

Bowes, however, proved his strength, not only matching his opponent punch for punch but scoring more heavily with his blows.

Upton wasn't surprised when judges awarded Bowes his title belt on a unanimous verdict.

“I think he's still got the belt on,” joked Upton, some 48 hours after.

The trainer said Bowes had earned his award.

“He's one fighter that does train hard,” Upton said.

The class of Broom saw him retain his state title in the 51kg division with another win over rival Ethan Winterburn. Upton hinted Broom got there more on his natural talent than on hard work.

“Harley's knocked up a bit; he's not training too well,” he said.

Nevertheless, the jabbing style of the straight-hitting Broom was too much for Winterburn and he was a clear winner.

The news was not so good for the other PCYC boxers.

Lachlan Hinchliffe's return to the ring was put on hold when his Gladstone opponent Tony Platen decided he wouldn't take on the challenge and pulled out of the fight at the last minute.

Michael Lynch was brave but had no answer to Caloundra's Craig Hill, who won their 75kg bout when Upton refused to let his young fighter go back for the third round, giving Hill the fight by TKO.

Jed Ariens was up against a good fighter in Mount Mee's Terry Wilkie. Upton said Ariens went okay but was outclassed by Wilkie.

Young Robert Walter was unlucky with his match-up, facing a stronger boy in Billy Ching.

“He was too big and too old for Robert,” Upton said.

Walter lost on points but Upton said the young boxer shouldn't be discouraged as he will win bouts when he faces someone of his own size and experience.

Upton will take PCYC fighters to Gladstone for the Pro/Am card this weekend.

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