CASTLEFORD boxer Nathan ‘The Outlaw’ Owens says he cannot wait to step into the ring in front of his home crowd for his first professional fight this evening (Saturday).
Owens (pictured) recently signed a three-year contract with professional boxing manager and coach Keith Walker after his licence was recommended by the British Boxing Board of Control.
Nathan 22, who takes on Michel Skiernewski of Poland at the Elland Road Banqueting Suite, Leeds, said: “I just can’t wait to get in there now. It’s brilliant that it’s my pro debut in Leeds.
“Training’s been brilliant and there’s been a real buzz around my fight
“The last two fights for the EBF have given me a real confidence booster but I do understand I am stepping up in class into the paid ranks of professional boxing.”
His manager/coach Walker said: “This is the right time for Nathan and I am very confident in his abilities.
“His pro debut against a tough opponent will not be an easy night’s work by any stretch of imagination. However I believe that Nathan could not of committed himself to the sport anymore than he has done over the last eight months. He’s done exactly what I have expected from him and has come back with a big smile on his face. He’s enjoying every minute of it and deserves all the rewards.
“We’d both like to say a special thank you to Big John Iredale of Featherstone for the use of his gym for the last eight months and to Nathan’s sponsors. (AFS, Tartan Cafe, Ultimate Physique, Hair Today)
Owens added: “Training’s been so hard and having someone like Keith helping with all the technical and tactical things, it gives me confidence in myself. Everything’s going well and I’m happy.”
Castleford’s Luke “Lionheart” Robinson and Pontefract’s Sean “Short Fuse” Hughes are fighting on the same bill as Owens in Leeds this evening.