TRIUMPH ABC boxer Aaron Bowen reached his first senior level final on Sunday, after beating Karol Itauma in the National Amateur Championships semi-finals.
Bowen, a 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games gold medalist, made his way through four bouts en route to reaching Saturday’s final, where he will meet George Crotty at Manchester Central in the under-81kg showpiece.
The 20 year old enjoyed a successful weekend, beating Birmingham boxer Abdul Samed in the opening bout, forcing a stoppage in the third round.
He then navigated Troy Jones from Solihull with a unanimous decision, winning in the same manner in the quarter-finals against Jason Bradley of Halstead ABC.
His win against Itauma though, an Olympic Youth Games winner last year, was most impressive, winning by a split decision after an enthralling fight.
For Bowen, a win against Royal Navy boxer Crotty in the final would be his biggest statement of intent yet.
With the promise of a Three Nations call-up, where he would represent England against Wales and Scotland, and a trial for Team GB firmly in his sights, the future is bright for the upcoming Coventry boxer.
Bowen spoke of his delight having reached a landmark moment in his early boxing career.
“It’s my first senior elite competition and to have reached the final is amazing.
“There should be a big crowd going up to Manchester in support, so I’m looking forward to a great fight on Saturday.”