John Owens, of the Hoover Boxing
Club, won the Flyweight Championship of Wales at the
Rhondda last Wednesday when he stopped Brian Jones, of Dyffryn A.B.C. in the second round. It was a
devastating display of controlled power punching by the
local lad, fresh from a string of victories in Wales,
Coventry and Blackpool. This must make John a certainty
to be picked for international honours next season.
(Extract from 'Merthyr Express' newspaper) 1973
Owens, of Merthyr, slips a left lead from
night's amateur international boxing match
Owens gave Wales a good start with a points win
in his bantamweight contest but the Danes
recovered to win the match by six bouts to four.
(Extract from 'South Wales Echo'
House bantamweight John Owens beat John Bambrick, of
Edinburgh, to help Wales beat Scotland 7-4 at
Cardiff's Showboat Club on Friday night, and the
Welsh selectors have shown their confidence in him
by including him in the Welsh side to box against
- in the National Stadium in Dublin
- on February 20.
This will be the fourteenth time that John will
be wearing the red vest and he will be battling in
his usual workmanlike way to preserve his unbeaten
record. I spoke to John before the fight with
Bambrick and he was not in the least perturbed that
it would be his thirteenth appearance for Wales. The
'unlucky thirteen' tag had not deterred him from his
usual placid outlook of "taking it as it comes"
completed a 7-4 victory over Scotland in last nights
international, at Pontypool, with the most impressive
performance of the night coming from international
debutant John Owens, of Merthyr. The 18-year-old
flyweight reduced John Raeside to helplessness with a
non-stop two-fisted assault that brought an abrupt halt
after 30 seconds of the second round.
(Extract from 'Western Mail' newspaper) 1974
won seven of the first eight decisions
against Scotland before being
pegged back to take a
The succession of Welsh triumphs began with
bantamweight John Owens (Merthyr) outpointing John
Bambrick (Edinburgh City Transport). Bambrick, a bronze medallist in the European
Championships in Belgrade, was no match for the
spindly Owens who used his reach advantage to
great effect throughout. Scoring repeatedly with
accurate left jabs and varying his work when needed
Owen took the decision on all three judges
(Extract from 'Western Mail' newspaper). 1975
The Scot is an
experienced fighter but was no match for the quiet
20-year-old Merthyr boxer. After an even first
round, John outscored his southpaw opponent and
caught him repeatedly with solid rights. He lacked
the big punch, though, to finish off his man. John
has been boxing at the Court House Amateur Boxing
Club for 10 years and boxed for a year in the
Hoover Boxing Club. He was a Welsh schoolboy and a
Welsh junior champion and has been a Welsh A.B.A.
finalist seven times.
He attributes his success to his rigid training
schedules and pays special tribute to Danny
Galleozzie, Billy Davies and his father, who
supervise his training. Perhaps his Irish opponent
better have a couple of kisses of the Blarney stone
before he keeps his date with John on the twelfth.
John is probably the most dedicated amateur boxer in
these parts today. He eats, sleeps and drinks
boxing, with the emphasis mainly on training. John
has had 120 contests and has lost only 17, he has
lost only one senior bout in the last 16. John's
only real interest is boxing. He trains in the gym
six nights a week and does roadwork every Sunday.
(Extract from 'Merthyr Express'
Although hooking solidly with both hands to the body
in all three rounds, McAllister, making his
debut was too open. The taller Owen scoring with fast, accurate punches
outfoxed and finally out-gunned McAllister to take the
(Extract from Irish Evening Herald, 1976)
The Welsh amateur boxing squad went down to
a 7-3 defeat to Sweden, in Stockholm, last
night after winning the first three
bouts. Bantamweight John Owens stopped his
opponent, Ove Hallman, in the second round.
A fine display of boxing and non-stop
aggression proved too much for the Swede
prompting the referee to intervene to stop
(Extract from 'South Wales Echo' newspaper).
The 10-man Welsh A.B.A. team facing
a Midlands Select team at Solihull
last night was reduced to a squad of
five through a series of accidents,
injuries and unforeseen
But Wales quickly marked up a
winning start thanks to John Owens
of Court House, Merthyr. Owens was
given a majority decision over Paul
Chance - and the judges marks
revealed that none of them had put
Owens on the losing side in any
round. One round was drawn,
according to one judge, hence the
Owen, taller and with a marked reach
advantage, steadily built up the
points with his leads and some crisp
right crosses and nullified most of
Chance's efforts to counterpunch,
though the Midlander did fight back
spiritedly in the final round.
(Extract from South Wales Argus