Philip Bowes to defend Commonwealth belt against Iddy Mkwela on July 13

RINGSIDE 06/06/2019

Promoter Mickey Helliet has announced that Philip Bowes will defend his Commonwealth super-lightweight championship next month.

The Leytonstone left hander puts the belt on the line against Iddy Mkwela at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Saturday, July 13.

For Bowes, it is a homecoming after he went to Liverpool to defend the title against Tom Farrell on Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom show in March.

Bowes clearly outpointed the Scouser and sees his fight with Mkwela as a stepping stone to world honours.

The 34 year old said: “The aim was always to be world champion and provided I come through this next fight, we will sit down and decide the best route to the world title.

“I’m not going to start calling people out, I just want to get as far as I can. I’m 34 years old and I feel I’m getting better. I think I’ve got three years left in boxing and who knows, by then I could be world champion.”

Bowes takes confidence from sparring Viktor Postol last year ahead of his fight with Josh Taylor.

Postol is a former WBC champion at 10 stones and Bowes said: “I was right there with him all the way. I wasn’t in camp for a fight, wasn’t really fit, but because I have an elusive style and don’t take much punishment I was able to do more than just hold my own.”


Bowes went on to capture the vacant Commonwealth title by blasting out Tanzania’s previously never stopped Benson Nyilawila in two rounds – and he faces opposition from Tanzania again next month. Mkwela is a 29 year old who has won nine of 12 fights (one draw).

“I don’t know anything about him,” said Bowes. “I’m just going to make sure I’m the best I can be and when I am the best I can be I’m a handful for anyone.”