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Owen joins California rush

By Sean Davies

Ricky Owen
Born: Swansea
Age: 24
Division: Featherweight
Record: Won 11 (4 KOs), Lost 0

Swansea boxer Ricky Owen has joined fellow Welsh fighters Kerry Hope and James Todd at the Talon Boxing camp in California. The undefeated prospect gave me his thoughts...

Q: What prompted your decision to try your hand in the USA?

I feel the different culture, climate and professional training camp will improve my personal skills and hopefully progress my career to where I want to be.

Q: You turned professional back in 2004 at the age of 19 but you have only had 11 fights and your opponents have not been well known. Why so little action?

Well, I have had some major setbacks during my boxing career so far, including injury and the loss of my mother two years ago. But I can assure you I am back and will be looking for regular action.

Q: You're a talented, unbeaten prospect, but you have had very limited media/television exposure and your 11 fights have taken you the length and breadth of Britain. Has that been a frustration for you?

Firstly, thanks for the opening statement. To answer the question, no it has not frustrated me as yet. Yes, every boxer wants to make the TV regularly, but I'm sure that my time will come.

Q: What have Kerry and James told you about their experiences with Talon Boxing?

All the information I have had is positive and exciting, but I am soon to find out and make my own decisions. Hopefully this information will prove correct, though.

Q: What are the terms of your trial with Talon Boxing? What do you have to prove, and do you expect to have a professional fight in your initial two weeks out there?


There are no terms as such, I am attending the camp to improve my personal profile and gain valuable experience over the water. I am not looking for a fight over there, but if the opportunity arises I will deeply consider my options.

Q: Have you made any plans about how long you see your venture in the US lasting?

The original trip is two weeks for family commitment reasons, but if all goes well I will consider a longer trip soon.

Q: Swansea's Colin Jones made a huge impression in his two fights in the USA. How much do you know about those bouts and were they an inspiration to you?

Of course seeing a fellow member of my community doing well in the US is inspiring. Colin was and still is one of my top-rated fighters, to show such heart and courage to go abroad and succeed is an achievement and I'm hoping to do the same.

Q: What are your ambitions and how do you see your career progressing?

I intend on returning home with more experience and determination than ever, I want to be in the ring as much as physically possible now.

I'm fitter and more educated now than ever after receiving quality help from world renowned trainers/coaches like Gary Lockett and John Tandy, and I intend on getting the British shot I deserve as soon as possible and progressing through Europe after that...

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