CASTLEFORD boxer Nathan ‘The Outlaw’ Owens (pictured) has made a successful return after being out of the fight game for over two years.
Owens beat Richard Grant on points in a four-round contest at a tournament in Leeds to lift the EBF (semi-professional) light heavyweight Yorkshire title.
Owens, who had more than 700 supporters backing him, made a fast start and put Grant down with a perfect right hand.
Continuing to grow in confidence, Owens totally dictated the fight from start to finish, putting Grant down a further three times before winning on points.
Owens is back under the guidance of professional promotor/manager/trainer Keith Walker who says that after being away from the fight game Owen has come back more mature.
Walker said: “I’ve said many times that Nathan has the potential to make waves in the professional paid ranks. First he must prove he’s ready to take the knocks and get on with it.
“Following this win on Sunday he is more than ready but he has asked for another two fights under the EBF rules then he will hopefully turn professional in August.”
Walker has already organised a fight on September 24 for Owen’s professional debut.
Owens believes that taking these other contests will only make him stronger and more confident.
He said: “I would like to thank all the supporters who made the trip to my fight against Richard Grant.
“I’ve been out of the game for two years and I’m already the Yorkshire Champion. It was also very difficult not to have my coach Keith Walker in my corner on Sunday due to the conflict of rules between the British Boxing Board of Control and the EBF.”
Walker is a well respected British Boxing Board of Control licence holder and they do not allow any involvement with the EBF.