Philip Bowes: The Commonwealth champion giving back to his local community

British commonwealth champion Philip Bowes

Super-lightweight Commonwealth champion Philip Bowes is on the road to domestic domination, as he faces MTK Global’s young hot prospect Akeem Ennis Brown for the prestigious British title at the end of this month at York Hall.

Leytonstone-born Bowes was due to fight in the summer with a second defence of his Commonwealth title but due to complications with his opponent, the fight was pulled.

Now, the east London southpaw has been granted his wish as he looks to add the British title to his collection in a Christmas cracker showdown.

In his physical prime at the age of 35, Bowes is a reminder to all that it is never too late to achieve your dreams:

Bowes said: “I was a bit of a late bloomer to the sport. I was first involved in martial arts and then decided to take up boxing. My mum wasn’t so keen but my father was like you could walk across the street and get hit by a car.”

Bowes competed for the English title in 2017 against Glen Foot and prior to that the Southern area title twice, losing to Johnny Coyle and Joe Hughes.

But after claiming the Commonwealth title earlier this year in emphatic style in the second round, the hard work is finally paying off. “I have never been one to call out someone or be vocal in what I am doing," Bowes added. "I believe god has a plan for me and that plan has led me to fight for the British title.

"I was already mandatory for the British but it was all about timing and patience. I have got to where I am my own way and now we are here.”

Bowes in action

With the addition of former Premier League footballer and boxer Leon McKenzie, who is no stranger to the ring, Bowes has a team that is fiercely protective of him and have worked exceptionally hard to prepare him for what will be one of the toughest fights of his career.

Most recently Bowes launched his own academy in his home town – The Quicksilver Bowes academy where he uses boxing to give back to his community.

Bowes said: “I felt it was important to create something and give back to my area. I was the first commonwealth champion from Leytonstone, so I am hoping through my academy I will find the next champion.”

Philip Bowes fights for the British Title at York hall on November 29th. For tickets:

By Sonia Randev

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