BULKINGTON southpaw Macauley Owen grabbed a desperately close points win over Luke Bibby (Perth Railway) at Newdigate Colliery and District Sports and Social Club. For Owen, it was his first bout since he scalped Elite and Tri Nations champion Masood Abdullah (Islington) on his way to being named Boxer of the Tournament at last summer’s Haringey Box Cup. The 22-year-old had his hands full with Bibby, a Scottish champion at Novice and Intermediate level, writes Matt Bozeat.
The first round was clearly Owen’s. He was able to make Bibby fall short and clip him with clean counters that brought applause from an appreciative crowd. Bibby didn’t land a punch of note until the final minute of the round when Owen shipped a right hook that made him grab.
The 19-year-old Scot had more success in the second when he was able to get his head on Owen’s chest. Owen did get through with body shots in the closing moments, but still it looked to be Bibby’s round.