Owens makes winning debut

Nathan Owens after victory in his first pro boxing match
Nathan Owens after victory in his first pro boxing match

CASTLEFORD boxer Nathan “The Outlaw” Owens made a successful start to his professional boxing career when he beat Polish fighter Michel Skiernewski at Elland Road, Leeds.

Owens was giving away 12 lbs in weight and a two inch height advantage but was still far too good for his opponent.

Owens’s manager/coach Keith Walker said: “We didn’t want this fight to be easy, and we’d prepared for a tough opponent. We wanted to make a statement and that’s what we did.”

The 22-year-old Owens executed the game plan to the letter, keeping his opponent at bay with fast jabs and a faster workrate.

In the third round, he threw a perfect right hand to put his opponent to the canvas.

Before the count got to eight, referee John Latham called the fight off with Skierneweski in no position to continue..

Referee Latham had Nathan winning all the rounds.

Owens said: “After the first round I knew he was very strong and that I could not let him get into this fight.

“I was so pleased I finished him in the way we’d planned.

“I want to say a special thank you for everyone’s massive support. I believe I gave them a good show and that’s what they wanted to see”.