Boxer's dream of turning pro is taking shape
JUMPING into the ring on Friday, Ben Bowes is one step closer to becoming a professional boxer.
It has been a dream of the 26-year-old for years and he believes it starts with proving he is the best 64kg amateur boxer in Queensland.
He has already won national belts in the Australian Boxing League and the Global Amateur Boxing Organisation and has now taken the step into the Australian Boxing Association ranks where he hopes to secure higher calibre fights.
"I needed the high-quality fights," he said. "The long-term goal is to go pro so this is the last step before that."
There is a big difference in talent levels of the Association, League and Global rankings in the fragmented sport. Fighters have to be part of the Association to box internationally while for the other two groups, becoming Australian champion is the peak.
For now, Bowes is mainly interested in defeating the Queensland crop. He would then refocus on Australia and if everything works out, the world. So far, three fights at the Association level have produced mixed results.
Bowes hopes the Queensland team qualifiers, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will be his step up to where he wants to be.
The work has been done in the gym and Bowes feels he can physically match anyone. "I am physically ready to do three days of battle," he said.
Bowes is willing to stand toe to toe with opponents and let hands fly. "I will take one to give one," he said.
"Because more often than not, I am banging harder than they are."