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Macauley Owen back in the ring this month

Telford’s undefeated super featherweight boxer Macauley Owen is eagerly anticipating his eighth professional bout when he fights on a show at Northampton’s Mercure Hotel on Saturday 25th May themed as Maximum Mayhem.

‘It’s my fourth six rounder and I’m hoping for a tough opponent so that a win will mean I’m in contention for an English title in 2025,’ said Owen who describes himself as ‘Telford through and through’ having lived in the town since he was one. Owen attended Millbrook Primary in Leegomery and took GCSEs at Ercall Wood. He later studied Sport & Exercise science as an undergraduate at Coventry University and Sports & Exercise Nutrition for his master’s mainly’ to assist my development as an athlete.’

Owen had long wanted to box before starting aged thirteen after having to change secondary schools. ‘The sport gave me focus, an energy channel and it quickly became central to my identity. Despite losing my first amateur fight I knew boxing was all I wanted so I was straight back in the gym. I never looked back from there. Covid accelerated my decision as the amateur sport was closed and I had a wonderful opportunity to join the Queensberry Promotions stable. I won my first bout in 2021 beating Michael Horabin via first-round stoppage. I now train at Box Smart Elite in Walsall with my head coach Shiney Singh. Reece Robert looks after my strength and conditioning. I’m managed by Errol Johnson of Black Country Boxing based in Wednesbury.’

‘I love the grind of boxing training working hard throughout the year. I adore the fights themselves. There’s nothing in life that compares to the exhilaration and challenge you get in the ring. Fights aren’t often as regular or frequent as boxers would like. We’re given dates but things often get changed. It’s frustrating this lack of certainty, but I just need to stay fit and ready for whenever I get the green light.’

Owen recently moved back to Telford and lives in Lawley with girlfriend Liss. ‘I love walking and It’s great to spend time with family and friends. But boxing is the priority. Manny Pacquiao is my hero. He should inspire any athlete to believe great things can be achieved. He’s unbelievable to watch, any southpaws should study his feet, hand speed and punch variety.’

Owen is grateful to his full time sponsors Future Contracts Ltd and Resin Floors Telford Ltd, and the following who are sponsoring the May fight Pipe Testing Services Ltd., Rejuvo Ltd. (JPCS), Imperial Bricks Ltd., plus boxing equipment supplier Empire Fight Store.

‘People can message me for tickets via Facebook Macauley Owen or Instagram- macauley_owen or by texting 7970 795671. I’m Telford through and through. I commute to Walsall to train but Telford has always been and will always be my home. When I win title belts, they’ll be coming home with me. To Telford.’

Story: James Bovington
Photo: Michael Ault

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