Bowyn Morgan KOs move to professional ranks

Morgan KOs move to pro ranks

RICHARD KNOWLER
Last updated 05:00 04/12/2012
Bowyn Morgan
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GLASGOW BOUT: Bowyn Morgan wants to stay in the amateur ring and box for a medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Welterweight Bowyn Morgan is resisting calls to turn professional.

The Canterbury boxer of the year recently won the Jameson belt for New Zealand's most scientific fighter. He has since had several armchair pugilists urge him to consider moving from the amateur ranks and chase the cash.

Yet the 23-year-old freezing worker says he is not interested.

In addition to representing New Zealand at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, he wants to add some glitter to his boxing CV.

"I have a had a few people in my ear, telling me to turn professional, but if I do that then I will have no chance of having a Commonwealth Games medal behind me," Morgan said.

"If I could win one, it could be better for my chances of making more money in the long run."

His attempt to qualify for the London Olympics fell flat when beaten by Australian Cameron Hammond, who has since signed with the Asia-Pacific arm of Ricky Hatton's Hatton Promotions, at the Oceania championships in Canberra. Hammond narrowly lost to eventual bronze medallist Custio Clayton.

Relocating to Greymouth for work has not splintered Morgan's relationship with Christchurch trainer Phil Shatford, who can also claim Reece Papuni and Noah Lopez as fighters who have won the Jameson belt.

Morgan regularly travels across the alps to train under Shatford, returning with an updated programme and promises to maintain his regime of regular road runs.

Sporadic appearances on the wing for the Runanga Seagulls rugby league team helped scratch that competitive itch for Morgan before he swept through the nationals unbeaten in Auckland last month.

Since being introduced to the sport at 15, Morgan has lost just 20 of his 86 fights.

While Shatford has broached the subject of dropping down a division, Morgan wants to remain a welterweight.

Although a natural southpaw, he was encouraged to switch to orthodox as a teenager, allowing him to pack fire into both fists.

"My first trainer didn't want me to box southpaw, and I haven't wanted to go back.

"Sometimes I switch to southpaw during a fight and Phil is fine with it. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."

Undefeated in New Zealand for three years, Morgan is usually forced to step up to middleweight and is waiting for Shatford to arrange his next fight for 2013.

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