The other Brit fighting away this weekend
Before Paul Smith takes on the returning Andre Ward in Oakland on Saturday night, Carshalton’s Tony Owen ventures to Ballerup, Copenhagen, to face unbeaten Anthony Yigit on the Sauerland Promotion ‘Nordic Fight Night’ bill.
Fresh from a fourth round stoppage over Gyula Vajda at the Camden Centre in April, the 28-year-old southpaw looks to make it back-to-back victories since his defeat to Ricky Boylan back in December 2013.
Recharged with over a year out of the ring, Owen is relishing his first ‘away day’ having boxed all 19 of his professional bouts in London and around the South of England.
“This is a massive opportunity to get back in the mix on both a domestic and now international level,” said Owen. “Anthony is a talent, but I feel I’ve got the tools to cause him problems.”
Speaking from the newly-opened Limehouse Marina Elite gym while working on his final preparation, Owen feels the break has done him the world of good. “Camp has gone very well,” he told BM. “I’ve had plenty of notice after the time out which has restored some hunger and allowed me to work on a few different things in the gym. I’m very much looking forward to experiencing boxing in another country for the first time.”
Any talk of domestic fights in such a competitive division is on hold. “I’m 100% focused on Saturday night, Yigit is unbeaten for a reason,” said Owen (16-3, 3 KOs). “He has my sole focus and we can look at those domestic dust-ups in due course. Having just penned a new long-term deal with Mickey Helliet there’s a lot to be excited about further down the line.”
The prospect of boxing overseas for the first time in a 19-fight professional career does not faze Owen’s manager Helliet. “Tony is bang up for this fight,” said Helliet. “It’s a great experience for him to box on such a high profile, internationally broadcast show in front of a passionate crowd away from home. He’s on weight, fully focused and raring to go come Saturday night.”
Fellow Southpaw Yigit, who boasts an Olympic pedigree after featuring at the London 2012 games, has faced British opposition previously during his 14-fight record and is confident the fight won't go the scheduled eight rounds.
"I think our styles will make for a great fight,’’ said the 23 year-old Swede. ‘’Tony is a tall southpaw and, like all British boxers, he will be coming to fight. He’s not going to back down. He won’t be scared to stand and trade, and that’s great because neither am I. I think this could be a real slugfest and a fight fans will be talking about for a long time.”
“I have a lot of respect for Tony,” added Yigit (13-0-1, 5 KOs). “It will be a tough fight, but I’m confident in my own ability and I honestly don’t see this fight going the distance. He is going to want to stand and fight with me at the beginning, but as the rounds go on he will lose heart. I will gradually break him down and then stop him in the later rounds.”
Also on Saturday’s star-studded Scandinavian line-up at Ballerup’s Super Arena, Danish super-middleweight Patrick Nielsen (25-1, 12 KOs) defends his WBA International title against Charles Adamu (23-6, 17 KOs) while rising featherweight talent Dennis Ceylan (14-0-1, 7 KOs) takes on Sergio Prado (10-4-1, 4 KOs).
All the action will be shown live on TV3 Sport in Denmark and TV10 in Sweden.