“I were more interested in playing the PlayStation, they (parents) used to take me to football, I played for Ibstock under 10’s or something and during one game I just sat down in the middle of the pitch because I couldn’t be bothered to play so they stopped taking me.”
Inactivity as a child was the norm until the discovery of pugilism had changed the life of this young man.
Sam started boxing at the age of 11 at the Earls Shilton boxing gym and he admits there was a lack of knowledge and love for the sport during his youth.
“I knew nothing about boxing I just liked the idea of it. About six months before I went up to the boxing gym my dad mentioned to me, because I had tried lots of sports and I were quite lazy never really interested in doing anything, and he said “how do you fancy going up to the boxing gym?” I said yeah, but he didn’t take me for about a month and I started pestering him. From day one it’s something I enjoyed so I stuck at it and because I did well I kept doing it and progressed from there.”
Bowen enjoyed an amateur career recording 93 wins including getting the better of the now professional Joe Cordina, Sammy McNess and Chris Kongo but it’s not conquering these prospects that he gets satisfaction from,
“Obviously I’ve won a few national titles and stuff and obviously that were really good but mostly when I beat lads that people didn’t expect me to beat.”
“I can remember once I fought a lad called Shafiq Asif, basically he won everything, all the ABAs and everything as a junior and I boxed him in the junior ABAs and I lost 6-4 on that computer scoring but basically no one thought I lost and in the end they asked for a rematch on his home show and that they would put me up in a hotel because they didn’t expect me to win down there, we did 4x2s (rounds) and I bashed him up. My coach said to me obviously you’re in their area now so we didn’t expect to get the decision but I won it unanimous. That’s what I get highlights out of winning when I’m not expected to.”
A big part of boxing is the promotional aspect of it and for Bowen he is looking around at lads he has beaten at amateur level who have signed deals with the likes of Frank Warren and Eddie Hearn but confident in his ability Bowen has no doubts he is on the right path.
“I’ve had it my whole career really, amateur as well, but my time will come I’ve got no doubts to be honest I’ve come on with Carl Greaves and to be honest I couldn’t pick a better trainer or promoter. I am glad I haven’t gone with anybody else, but like I say I had it as an amateur. I were boxing B kids, they went on to box for England and I never really had a lot of luck really but at the end of the day these people I will box and I will get seen eventually.”
Dedication and hard work is the key to succeeding.
A routine day for Bowen starts at 4:30am for a run once the run is completed its off to work for a 10 hour shift. After ending a days work Sam embarks on a seventy-five minute drive to training where he will graft for a further ninety minutes to get home after 8pm. That’s almost a 16 hour day five days a week.
After a string of pull outs Bowen may now get the recognition he deserves and the opportunity to showcase his talent to the boxing world as Sam ‘Bullet’ Bowen is now mandatory for the British title which is held by Martin J Ward.
FightTalk.net wish Sam all the best in his bid to obtain the Lord Lonsdale belt.
Written by James Lupton.