Speed and punching power earns Owens victory

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CASTLEFORD’S well supported cruiserweight boxer Nathan Owens (pictured) continued his education against journeymen professionals with another victory last Saturday.

Team Owens looked to be taking a risk facing Hastings Rasani, a Zimbabwean now fighting out of Birmingham, as their man was conceding almost two stones to his opponent.

However, the promising Owens landed some good shots in the early stages and rocked Hastings in the second round more than once.

The Castleford man won the contest and comfortably made it three wins out of three by taking the points verdict 40-37.

Owens said: “He was big, strong, experienced and very awkward. He spoilt a lot of my work that I’d been working on in the gym. But I always knew that my speed and punching power would prevail. He struggled with my pace and that’s what got me the win.”

Manager/coach Keith Walker added: “I made the decision to take this fight on the basis that I’d studied hours of footage on Hastings and I was very confident Nathan could win, providing he kept to the plan and didn’t get drawn into a slug-fest.

“He showed maturity in the fight and could have possibly taken Hastings out in the second round.

“This was not our intention and getting the rounds under his belt were more important for Nathan’s development. Overall we’re very pleased and it was a great result.

“Owens will have a week off and be back in the gym next week. Nathan will be out again at the end of June or early July.”