• Dexter Hastings

Tommy Owens Promotions (26,2,22)


Tommy Owens Promotions held their latest show at the Holte Suite Villa Park (26,2,22). The card consisted of six fights with five of them over 4 three minute rounds and the main event over six. Doing 4 rounder’s in the home corner we had Jagdeep Purewel, Mike Tyler, and Elliot Sowe all from DnA hoping gym. Also, you had Oli Cassidy and the highly talented Lewis Coley finishing off the undercard. The main event was Coventry’s Midlands champ and English title contender River Wilson-Bent who was having a 6 rounder while waiting for his rematch with Tyler Denny to be announced. Refereeing on the night you had Shaun Messer and Kevin Parker.

Tommy Owens Promotions held their latest show at the Holte Suite Villa Park (26,2,22). The card consisted of six fights with five of them over 4 three minute rounds and the main event over six. Doing 4 rounder’s in the home corner we had Jagdeep Purewel, Mike Tyler, and Elliot Sowe all from DnA hoping gym. Also, you had Oli Cassidy and the highly talented Lewis Coley finishing off the undercard. The main event was Coventry’s Midlands champ and English title contender River Wilson-Bent who was having a 6 rounder while waiting for his rematch with Tyler Denny to be announced. Refereeing on the night you had Shaun Messer and Kevin Parker.


First, on the card, we had Jagdeep Purewal who was taking on Gary Maguire in his second fight of his career. Both fighters weighed in 10 stone 10 for this Welterweight contest with Shaun Messer refereeing.

Nice movement by Purewal in the first as McGuire had come to fight, Purewal picked his shots well and won the round. McGuire kept his guard high in the second and really put it on Purewal came back in the second part but McGuire won the round. Purewal got on his toes in the third and boxed well behind a fast jab, McGuire still got some good shots off but Purewal won the round. Purewal picked his shots well as he moved around the ring, McGuire continued to bang in the heaver shots, even round.

Shaun Messer scored the fight 39 to 38 Purewal I had it the same.

Second, on the card was Tyler Christopher (Mike Tyler) having his third fight against Carl Turney in a 4 round contest in the Middleweight division. Christopher weighed in 10 stone 12 with Turney came in 11 stone 2 with Kevin Parker refereeing.


Christopher moved well in the first and banged in some nice combinations to win the round. Great shot picking by Christopher in the second who moved well around the ring, Turney did what he could to make the fight competitive but it was Christopher’s round. Christopher continued to move and box well in the third as Turney stepped up the pace, Christopher banged in the better shots to win the round. Christopher worked the body and did seem to drop Turney with a body shot but ref Kevin Parker did not count it. Parker then took a point off Turney for holding, Christopher finished the round strongly to win the fight.

Ref Kevin Parker scored it 40 to 35 Christopher, I had it the same.

Third, on the bill was the talented Lewis Coley who was taking on Craig Summer in a Middleweight contest over four rounds. Coley weighed in 10 stone 8 with Summer coming in 11 stone three with Shaun Messer reffing.





Coley came out strong and went to the body from the first bell, Summer backed away as Coley smashed in a left then a right body shot with Summer folding like a pack of cards. Ref Shaun Messers counted him out just 23 seconds into the first round.





Fourth on the card we had Elliott Sowe who was having his third fight was taking on Liam Richards in the welterweight division. Sowe weighed in 10 stone 4 with Richard coming in 10 stone two with Kevin Parker refereeing.


Sowe let his hands go from the first bell and worked Richards head and body well. Sowe continued to bang in big combinations in the second to Richards head and body, all Richards could do is cover up and survive. In the third Sowe continued the beat down smashing in big combinations to Richards head and body, Sowe’s gumshield came out twice in the round and the ref warned him he would take a point next time. Sowe got on his toes in the final round and moved well around the ring picking his shots well but did get caught on a number of occasions with a big overhanded right which he took well, even round.

Ref Kevin Parker scored it 40 to 37 Sowe I had it the same.

The final fight on the undercard was a Middleweight contest between Oli Cassidy and Paul Cummings over your rounds. Cassidy was having his fourth fight with both fighters weighing in 11 stone 2 with Shaun Messer refereeing.


Cassidy started the first round fast and put some nice combinations together going head and body well. Cassidy continued to bang in good combinations in the second with Cummings doing what he could to make it competitive, Cummings was rocked near the end by a big right hand but saw out the round. Cassidy kept up the high tempo in the third boxing banging in big combinations, Cummings covered up well and saw the round out. Credit to Cummings in the final round as Cassidy continued to bang big combinations in, Cummings tried to have a go back by Cassidy was moving well and came back with big combinations to win the round and the fight.

Ref Shaun Messer scored it 40 to 36 I had it the same.

The main event of the show was the return of River Wilson-Bent taking on Michal Gazdik in a 6 round contest in the Super-Heavyweight division. Wilson-Bent weighed in 12 stone 1 with Gazdik came in 12 stone 5 with Kevin Parker refereeing.


Wilson-Bent picked his shots well in the first letting great combinations off winning the round with ease. Great shot picking again in the second from Wilson-Bent as he showed a variety of punches and combinations. Gazdik had a go-back at the start of the third but Wilson-Bent soon took control banging in big combinations, great boxing.


Gazdik showed his toughness in the fourth by taking everything Wilson-Bent could hit him with, great shot picking from Wilson-Bent but Gazdik stood strong. Wilson-Bent continued his good work in the fifth moving well and picking some great shots. Wilson-Bent hit Gazdik with a variety of shots in the final round hitting with every shot in the book, Wilson-Bent did have taken off for hitting low a few times but that did not affect the result.



Ref Kevin Parker scored it 59 to 54 Wilson-Bent I had it the same.


Dexter’s Thought’s

Really good night of boxing with all the fights going to the home corner.

Purewal showed off his skills tonight against a very tough opponent who had come to fight. Purewal showed he can take a dig but he did get caught with the left hook too much got my liking. Thus was a hard test for his second fight and have to say he passed it getting the win.

Christopher showed why he was one of the Bbcolumn’s Boxers to Watch as he worked well behind a good jab and got some nice combinations off, a very impressive display of boxing.

Lewis Coley did not waste any time taking out his opponent in just 28 seconds of the first round, he is another Bbcolumn Boxer to watch and is proving that I do know what I’m talking about. If he keeps this kind of performance up he will be contending g for titles very soon.

Another Bbcolumn Boxer to watch showed off his skills in his four-round fight, Sowe put some great combinations together and showcased his skills. He did seem to tire a bit near the end but he did show he could take a shot as he was caught with a big overhand right in every round but just walked through it.

Cassidy was impressive again as he put Cummings through the mill banging in some cracking combinations in the four-round fight. Credit to Cummings who did what he could to make this fight competitive by Cassidy showed his class.

It was great to see River Wilson-Bent back at a Tommy Owens Promotions show tonight and he put a great display on showcasing a variety of shots and combinations. This fight was more of a tester to see how his eye held up after being cut in his last contest and it seemed to hold up well. His next fight should be the highly anticipated rematch between Tyler Denny for the Middleweight English title.

The Birmingham Boxing Column would like to thank Tommy Owens Promotions for having us there.