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How Philip Bowes and Akeem Ennis-Brown stand to make their own history

Matt Bozeat examines how Mickey Helliet and Philip Bowes are writing a small hall success story
Philip Bowes
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HISTORY could be made at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Friday (November 29) when Commonwealth super-lightweight champion Philip Bowes looks to add the vacant British title with victory over Akeem Ennis-Brown. At 35, Bowes can become the oldest to win British honours at 140lbs, while Ennis-Brown bids to become the first to bring the Lonsdale Belt to Gloucester. Then again, neither could happen. So well matched are southpaws Bowes and Ennis-Brown, a draw is a definite possibility. Promoter Mickey Helliet hopes that doesn’t happen. Helliet, who manages Bowes, promotes without television and doesn’t fancy staging a rematch.

“It’s going to be very tough to make money,” he said. “If we don’t lose money and Phil wins, that’s a really good night for us.”

Helliet and Bowes have written a small hall success story. Bowes turned pro at 27 after reaching the last eight at the Commonwealth Games representing Jamaica and losses to Joe Hughes, Johnny Coyle and Glenn Foot suggested that Southern Area level was probably his ceiling. The switch to Helliet came after the loss to Foot in May 2017.

 

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