By Jordan Ellis @JordanEllisUK
Liverpool’s own Tom “Fazza” Farrell will challenge Philip Bowes for his recently acquired Commonwealth title in a late addition to the Matchroom Liverpool show, March 30th. An already stacked card just got even better.
Third Time Unlucky For Bowes
Philip Bowes ran the risk of becoming the nearly man of the domestic scene. Three attempts at two different titles had previously passed him by.
Bowes earned two shots at the Southern area title saw in which he fell short albeit against stiff competition.
He first lost to Joe Hughes who is the only man to stop Bowes and will also appear on this card. Should both emerge victorious we have a mouth-watering prospect of a rematch with plenty more at stake. His second attempt saw Bowes outpointed by Johnny Coyle, who remains a highly fancied unbeaten prospect.
Bowes bounced back well from back-to-back title defeats putting together a highly impressive 6-fight win streak which included taking the undefeated record of Nathan Dale, thus earning a shot at the British title.
Unfortunately for Bowes he would again fall up short. This time being outpointed by the always game Glenn Foot.
Champion At Last!
At 34 years of age Bowes considered his recent mandatory shot at the Commonwealth title his last opportunity.
“I’ve worked so hard for so long, being made Mandatory Contender for the Commonwealth title after beating Tyatyeka gave me a real lift. I have to be realistic and understand that an opportunity like this might not present itself again, so I’ll be seizing it with both hands”
Bowes lived up to his pre-fight words by dismantling the 21-year-old Tanzanian, Benson Nyilawila, seizing his opportunity, realising his dreams and becoming a champion all within two rounds.
He has now positioned himself right in the mix at 140lbs. A fledgling domestic scene offers plenty of options.
First, the sizable task of Tom Farrell stands in his way.
The Davies Disaster
For most fans, the last time we saw Tom Farrell in the ring was in a valiant, brave but ultimately one-sided mismatch against Ohara Davies in September 2017.
If nothing else Farrell proved, he can take one hell of a shot and perhaps took too many in what he describes as simply a bad night at the office.
“My loss to Ohara Davies was a bad night at the office for me. People that are close to me know what went wrong on that night and I’ve never made any excuses. I know that I wasn’t myself, but I’ve had a good phase of rebuilding over tor he past year.”
A bad night at the office for Farrell that has taken 18 months to bounce back from.
He now has Philip Bowes and the Commonwealth title in his sights.
Back To the Big Time For Farrell
A return to the arena where it all went so wrong provides Farrell with the perfect opportunity to exercise his demons with a huge opportunity for it to go all so right against Philip Bowes.
Farrell already has three comeback wins to his name and another warm up fight lined up later this month. By March 30th Farrell will have had ample opportunity to recover from his lone professional defeat.
Prior to his loss Farrell looked to be progressing well through the domestic scene picking up wins over the likes of Kofi Yates and Tommy Carcus, whilst becoming a regular part of Sky Sports cards in Liverpool.
He was establishing himself in the world rankings with the WBA, capturing their International Super-Lightweight title against Farid Hakimi.
As with most fighters the Commonwealth title has been in Farrell’s sights a while however became a real possibility as Bowes capitalised upon his mandatory shot.
“When we saw him win it in good fashion we thought it’d be the perfect fight for us and I’m buzzing to get in there on March 30”. “Philip is a tricky opponent, he’s got a nice relaxed style and he’s going to be well-prepared on March 30.”
Come Fight Night…
Both men are slick boxers not known as punchers or getting stoppages. I expect an entertaining and hard-fought fight that will certainly please the purists. Most likely nip and tuck throughout, providing Bowes with a much stiffer test than that presented in his previous victory which secured him the belt.
A 5’11 tricky southpaw Bowes represents a tough night’s work for anyone at Super Lightweight. He has proven he belongs at this level and has only ever fallen to upper echelons fighters.
Farrell is still something of an enigma. His lone defeat came against a fringe world level fighter in Ohara Davies just 14 fights into his career. Prior to this he had some good wins, showed his ability to switch hit and a great deal of heart along the way. However, questions are still to be answered about Farrell and how far can he go in the sport.
A fight all about levels. Will Bowes solidify his level? Or will Farrell prove his calibre?
With fight night fast approaching we luckily don’t have to wait long to find out.