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Talented City College Coventry Apprentice Boxes His Way to the Youth Commonwealth Games

Plumbing apprentice Aaron Bowen is a step closer to achieving his dream of becoming a professional boxer when he represents England at the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas this month.

Talented City College Coventry Apprentice Boxes His Way to the Youth Commonwealth Games

The 18-year-old, who trains at Triumph ABC gym in Coventry, has been selected following a successful season which included a recent victory at the GB Youth & Junior Three Nations championship in Rotherham.

He will fight in the 70-75kg category and will fly out to Miami for a week-long training camp with the England team before the Games.

“I’m very excited and I can’t wait – it’s like a dream come true,” said Aaron, who combines training at least two hours a day with studying to be a plumber at City College, Coventry, and working at STM Plumbing & Heating in Coundon, Coventry.

“I’d love to be a professional boxer, that’s what I’m aiming for. I want to go as far as I can and do the best I can. After this I’m hoping to get to the European Games in November and the World Championships in December.

“I want to try and progress onto a pathway to become a boxer in the Olympics, but there’s still a long way to go and I don’t want to get my hopes up too much.”

While his dad John and grandad before him both trained at the same boxing club, Aaron was a self-confessed “football-mad” youngster before he caught the boxing bug after seeing his friends enjoying the sport.

Floyd Mayweather is his boxing hero – the multiple title-winning American boxer who amassed a fortune, becoming the world’s highest-paid athlete four years running during a professional career in which he won every single one of his 49 fights.

“He beat everyone and he does it in such a stylish way. It’s just another level. And the way he does business – I admire that and would like to follow that sort of route,” said Aaron.

“However, plumbing is a good trade, it’s a good job to have to fall back on if boxing doesn’t work out …. I do enjoy plumbing.”

When he steps into the ring for the biggest fight of his life at the Youth Olympics, his family will be at the ringside to cheer him on, as they always do. Dad John, mum Steph, brother Eamonn, 20, and Grandad and Nan Eamonn and Josie are among his biggest fans. They will all be flying out to watch and sister Sinead, 28, who lives in Italy, is returning to the UK to join them on the trip.

Mum Steph, who has not missed a single one of his matches, admits that her heart is in her mouth every time she watches him fight, but says he is “one of the gentlest lads you could meet”

She said: “It’s nerve-wracking – but it’s fantastic. He is not in the least big-headed. He’s one of the nicest people you would ever meet, then he gets in the ring and you think ‘Oh my God’.

“I don’t think he realises how good he has become.”

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