Fighter Fowl in ABA defeat

PUBLISHED: 18:21 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:52 26 October 2009

Ben Fowl with his medal

Ben Fowl with his medal

UNIVERSITY of Hertfordshire student Ben Fowl narrowly lost at the ABA amateur boxing finals held at the world famous York Hall in London. Light-flyweight Fowl was up against tough Oldham boxer Tommy Stubbs in what was a tense and closely fought bout. Stub

UNIVERSITY of Hertfordshire student Ben Fowl narrowly lost at the ABA amateur boxing finals held at the world famous York Hall in London.

Light-flyweight Fowl was up against tough Oldham boxer Tommy Stubbs in what was a tense and closely fought bout.

Stubbs was 3-1 up after the first two rounds, but Hoddesdon club fighter Fowl closed the gap in the third to trail by a single point.

The judges scored three shots to Stubbs in the fourth round to give him an overall 6-2 victory.

And 20-year-old Fowl acknowledged just how close the bout was.

He said: "I thought it was going OK, but I just wasn't scoring enough.

"I thought the first couple of rounds were very tight and it was close to call.

"We both had similar styles, and so points-scoring was always going to be tough.

"Perhaps I got a bit careless in the fourth as I was going for the win."

Ben, who studies at the university's Hatfield campus, breezed past Army boxer Kibria Subhan in the semi-finals, and he will be hoping he can take the positives out of his first senior appearance at the ABA finals to come back stronger next year.

The Hoddesdon Boxing Academy product 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. James 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 in preparation for the finals, 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 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."

Leo's pre-fight prediction of the bout being akin to "an acute chess match" was spot on, with both fighters cagey and not wanting to give too much away.

Fowl is eager to move on now with his boxing development and is already looking ahead to his next fight.

He added: "I'm set to fight at the Hoddesdon Boxing Academy Open Air Show at King and Tinker Pub in Enfield on June 21, which I'm looking forward to.

"Hopefully I'll get a bout with a decent fighter. Paul Butler has been mentioned, and he's a very good England boxer, or perhaps a Scottish or Welsh champion.


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