Sid Bowater’s patience looks to have finally paid off as the likeable Black Country boxer is set to finally make his professional debut.
The 24 year-old was ready to turn over 12 months ago but a shadow on his brain scan, a mandatory requirement for the British Boxing Board of Control, brought about months of worry and uncertainty. Thankfully, a more detailed scan proved there was nothing untoward and Bowater was eventually granted his Boxing License earlier this year. It signalled the end of a difficult 12 months for Sid, whose younger brother Des, is currently 7-0 in the pro ranks.
“It’s been tough but we’ve got there,” Sid told www.uko-boxing.com. “I thought I was going to turn over last May. I brought my kit and was deep in camp when the scans came back. I was worried and the waiting wasn’t easy but I never stopped coming to the gym.
“I’ve trained week in, week out because I never wanted to give up. The outcome of the scan was on my mind but thankfully, all was fine in the end. I’m just about £600 worse off! Joking aside, your health is everything so I’m glad I have peace of mind and can begin my pro boxing journey.”
Training for months on end with no end goal, with his boxing future up in the air before it had even started, was tough. The welterweight kept focused though and believes the encouragement from sibling Des, a British Bronze Masters Super Featherweight Champion, has helped keep him focused.
“I’ve seen what Des has done and I want a bit of the action,” added Sid. “He’s looked really good since turning pro and, watching him from ringside, has spurred me on to give it a go. When I saw him win the Bronze Masters in February that really cranked things up for me. I’m older than him but I’m playing catch up.
“I had a decent amateur career but I think I’ll be more suited to the professional game.”
As well as training and working together as builders, the brothers have enjoyed some lively sparring as Sid prepares for his debut at Walsall Town Hall Saturday, 25th April.
“Des pushes me on,” added Sid. “If I’m not in the mood to train, he’ll drive me forward and vice versa. I can’t wait to make my debut now. It’s been about a 52 week camp for me so I should be ready!”
Tickets to see the Bowater are priced at £30 and £60 Ringside and are available from Walsall Town Hall Box Office on 0845 111 2900.
Rowley Regis light middleweight sensation, Jason Welborn, and Midlands Area Light Welterweight Champion, Luke Paddock, also feature alongside the likes of Stourbridge light middleweight, Steven Pearce, Staffordshire welterweight Rob Hunt, Stoke light welterweight Josh McLaren, Welshpool light middleweight, Warren Sinden, Ludlow light middleweight, Craig Morris, and Burton light welterweight, Tom Shaw.