Rocky fighter on rampage bagging one title and aims for next
BEN "Bulldog'' Bowes packs a mean punch.
Eight years of blood, sweet and tears paid off for the Rockhampton boxer at the weekend as he locked in the Australian Global Boxing welterweight title in superb style.
Bowes came out all guns firing against James McDonald at the NSW versus Queensland title bout in Caloundra and set the platform for his Australian Championships campaign from Thursday to Saturday in Bendigo, Victoria.
Bowes was euphoric after the win and said he was looking forward to backing it up this week in Bendigo.
"It was a long time coming," Bowes said.
"I haven't won an Australian title in eight years so there was a lot of training and it was good to finally get one and hopefully I can make it two from two this weekend with the League Australian title."
Bowes said while there was doubt surrounding his fitness going into the Caloundra bout, all of it had been diminished and he was confident of getting the job done in Bendigo.
"It was a really tough bout," the boxer said.
"I hadn't fought in 12 weeks and I would have liked to have had three to four fights in the lead-up to the fight. It was toe-to-toe for four rounds so to get a good tough bout like that and to get the win was just what I needed in preparation for this weekend.
"There was a bit of a question around my fitness and not fighting for 12 weeks but I ticked all the boxes I wanted to tick so going into this weekend I'm fairly confident that I can get the job done."
Having trumped the former Australian title- holder and tied in a battle for the Australian title recently, Bowes said he knew what he was up against.
"I know I can mix it with the best in Australia," he said. "I'm not overly worried who I have to fight."
With dreams of fighting professionally, Bowes said the Australian League title was the last feat to tick off his list before he would tackle the big time.
"If I can lock this title in I've got nothing really left to achieve at an amateur level," Bowes said.
"I'm looking to go pro in the coming future and that is the main goal now.
"I've been doing a lot of training with Mick Daly at the Gladstone Amateur Fitness and he's an AIS rep for Queensland so he is teaching me a lot of new things and I'd like to thank him.
"I'd like to thank my sponsors ASN Rockhampton and everyone for the support they have given me, the local community support has been great."