Boxer Fowl up for title challenge

PUBLISHED: 18:54 16 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 26 October 2009

Boxer Ben Fowl

Boxer Ben Fowl

UNIVERISTY of Hertfordshire student Ben Fowl is aiming for glory tonight (Friday) as he fights in the ABA amateur boxing finals to be held at the world famous York Hall in London. Light-flyweight Fowl will be up against tough Oldham boxer Tommy Stubbs in

UNIVERISTY of Hertfordshire student Ben Fowl is aiming for glory tonight (Friday) as he fights in the ABA amateur boxing finals to be held at the world famous York Hall in London.

Light-flyweight Fowl will be up against tough Oldham boxer Tommy Stubbs in what promises to be an exciting contest.

Twenty-year-old Ben, who studies at the university's Hatfield campus, breezed past Army boxer Kibria Subhan in the semi-finals, and he is hoping his first appearance at a Senior ABA showpiece will be rewarded with a career-boosting victory.

He said: "I have fought in the junior section of the ABA Championships before, where I narrowly lost in the final 11-9, so I am confident going into this fight that I can be successful.

"I have trained hard for the final, and right now I guess I am feeling nervous but at the same time excited to show my talents."

Hoddesdon Academy product Fowl is a talented individual, combining his improving boxing skills with studying for a degree in computer science at the Herts university.

And he comes from a family more than a little interested in the sport, with brother James a former light-flyweight champion at Senior ABA level, and appeared four times in the finals.

Ben added: "It's good training when I can with James, although he doesn't box quite as much due to work commitments.

"And it's been quite difficult to train at times, with my uni exams taking place at the same time as the preparation for the final, but whenever I have had free time, I have made sure it was spent training."

The former Richard Hale School pupil's dedication to boxing was echoed by Hoddesdon Boxing Academy co-ordinator Sab Leo.

He said: "Ben came to us at the age of 14 and has shown tremendous improvement over the years.

"He has had approximately 36 fights, losing only nine, so he is one tough fighter.

"He gets on with his training and doesn't fear anyone, and although I haven't seen as much as I would have liked of him due to his exams, I am confident of his chances, and hope the outcome is a positive one."

Leo described Fowl as a "master tactician" but declared that his opponent in the final is likewise very talented and will provide a stern test, and that it could be similar to "an acute chess match."

What is guaranteed, however, is that the former junior ABA finalist will be chomping at the bit to be crowned champion, living up to his nickname 'the Beast'.

Fowl added: "The nickname was given to me by my brother when we were younger and I guess it's kind of stuck."

And the Beast will certainly be looking to savage his opponent come 7pm tonight.

Highlights of the sell-out finals are on BBC2 on Sunday at 2.30pm, with commentary from Jim Neilly and Richie Woodhall.


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