CASTLEFORD’S professional cruiserweight boxer Nathan ‘The Outlaw’ Owens retained his unbeaten record at John Charles Centre, South Leeds Stadium.
Owens (pictured) beat Preston’s Paul Morris who was ranked one above him in the British ratings.
After 10 weeks of preparation, Owens had to dig deep to to win the fight ater he was knocked down in the second round.
Owens gave away a staggering one stone in weight to his opponent in what was always going to be a difficult fight for the Castleford man.
He boxed well in the first round and was feeling confident in the second round until he walked onto a perfect heavy right hand that sent him tumbling to the canvas.
After a scary eight seconds the referee allowed the contest to continue and Owens had to keep his guard high and keep on the move. He got through the round and his corner men went to work on their man.
In the next two rounds, Owens showed tremendous grit and determination.
In the fourth round, Morris started to feel the pace againsat a very fit, determined Owens.
After Owens had unleashed a barrage of punches, the referee jumped in to save Morris from what could have been a ferocious beating.
Owens said: “I got caught with a good right hand and I thought he was now going to pay for that. And he certainly did. I knew Morris would come to fight and that’s why my manager/trainer prepared me for this.”
Manager trainer Keith Walker said: “Nathan showed 100 per cent pure Yorkshire fighting spirit. He showed a true fighting man’s heart.
“I’m very proud of Owens, who showed he could mix it with anyone in Britain.
“Everyone in the team would like to say a special message of thanks and a very Merry Christmas to all Nathan’s sponsors and friends and family who have supported him.”