October 6th 2018: By Aaron Cooper
Leicestershire’s own British super-featherweight champion, Sam ‘Bullet’ Bowen picked up his first televised win over Horacio Cabral, picking up the WBO Inter-Continental super-featherweight championship in the process.
To the masses, Bowen is an unknown quantity. At the 130-pound limit domestically you will no doubt be familiar with James Tennyson and Jono Carroll. The man from Ibstock however, is a secret no more.
In a marked contrast from how he picked up the Lord Lonsdale title, beating Maxi Hughes in front of a few hundred in a suite at the King Power Stadium in the City of Leicester. Bowen fought in front of a packed crowd at the Leicester Arena night just ten minutes from the scene of his April triumph.
Bowen, making his televised debut as I mentioned earlier. Looked tense in the first round. It did not take long for him to find his rhythm, however. ‘Bullet’ showed his inside fighting skills. Landing some crisp uppercuts and body shots to a game Cabral. Who was more than happy to counter. Cabral was able to make Bowen miss wildly at times with a good use of lateral movement. A half a step back and the use of the jab perhaps needed by the hometown man.
Bowen did begin to settle in the third and his constant attacks to the body, which, for those that know him are beginning to associate him with. Started to test the resolve of the Argentinian.
The end came at the end of the fourth. A flurry of hands drove Cabral into the ropes before Bowen’s feet left the canvas and a jumping left hook to the midsection left Cabral down for the count.
All being well. British audiences will see ‘Bullet’ back in December against Dundee’s Ronnie Clark.