Sid Bowater is relishing getting back in the ring on the 19th March after having time off with the birth of his son, writes James Eley.
The 25-year-old has had to wait nearly a year for his second taste of professional boxing since his debut victory in April 2015 but is ready to make up for lost time.
Bowater features on ‘Cool Hand & The Gang’ at Walsall Town Hall next month. The show is sponsored by Grosvenor Casino Walsall.
“After the first fight I had a baby boy so that put my career on hold for a while,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “It was great to spend a few months with him and I had a nice time relaxing with family but now I am buzzing to get my career started again. I was thinking of coming back late last year but it was difficult with Christmas and things so I decided not to rush it and make sure I was fully ready to return.”
The welterweight has mixed up his training in preparation for his second fight and is feeling the positive effects of it.Juggling work, training and a young family isn’t easy but Bowater, whose brother Des also features on the Black Country Boxing show, insists he will be in tip-top shape come fight night.
“In my last camp I was training in Wednesbury all the time but now I am changing it up and I spend a couple of days each week in a gym in Wolverhampton as well as working out of Wednesbury, which is great. It keeps my motivation high and I enjoy doing different exercises in each place.
“I haven’t been able to have any time to myself recently as I have to work as well as going to the gym but it will all be worth it when I step into the ring on fight night. The work doesn’t get in the way because I am determined and willing to put in the extra time to fit proper training in. I am training just as hard for this fight as I will for any other that I have.
“I just can’t wait to get in that Town Hall. It is a big venue in Walsall and it should be a terrific atmosphere. This next fight will be another stepping stone for me, hopefully it will be the last four round bout I have and I can then go up to six round fights. I want to fight for any title as soon as possible and I will work as hard as I can to do that.”
As well as the Bowater brother’s, the likes of Walsall’s popular duo Luke Paddock and Martin Gethin also feature.
Midlands Area Light Middleweight Champion, Jason Welborn, is also in action alongside West Bromwich middleweight, Tom Stokes, Burton featherweight, Leon Gower, Newark super middleweight Chad Sugden, and Wolverhampton bantamweight, Kyle Williams.
Tickets are priced at £30 (general admission) and £60 (VIP Ringside), and can be purchased by calling 0845 111 2900 or directly from any boxer on the bill.
The weigh-in and aftershow take place at Grosvenor Casino Walsall, Bentley Mill Way, Walsall WS2 0LE (just off junction 10 of the M6). GC Walsall will have a presence at the Town Hall on the evening and have linked up with local taxi firm, Yellow Taxi’s, to supply a number of free taxi’s to take guests from the Town Hall to the casino post-fight.