Ex-world champ passes on tips to Castleford boxing prospect

Nathan Owens
Nathan Owens

Former cruiserweight champion of the world Carl ‘The Cat’ Thompson came to Castleford to see the town’s rising undefeated prospect Nathan Owens.

Trainer/manager Keith Walker decided to bring the vastly experienced boxer, who has been in the ring with many top names, to give his protege some words of wisdom ahead of his next fight this month.

Owens said that to have had the chance of a one on one with this great champion – who beat David Haye, Chris Eubank and many others in his career – and to share his experience was priceless.

The unbeaten Owens is preparing for his next contest at the John Charles Centre, South Leeds, on Saturday, March 16 when he will be up against Paul David.

Walker said that Owens was going in with a tough and awkward opponent.

He said: “The former English champion and Prizefighter champion at super middleweight will come to try and break Owens’ undefeated record.

“But we’ve been in full training for eight weeks solid and looking to keep our unbeaten record.”

Owens, who came back from hitting the canvas to stop his last opponent in four rounds, said: “I know what I’m capable of and I will continue in my quest to be the British champion. That’s my goal and that’s what I’m heading for.”

David, ranked number nine in the country by Boxing News, comes with loads of experience and was trained by the legendary Brendan Ingle.

Team Owens thanked sponsors Tartan Cafe Lounge, Jamie Brenton and Big Johns Legends Gym, Featherstone. Tickets for Owens next fight are on sale at £25 or £35 from 07738244779.