Fights 124     Won  106    Lost  18

Internationals:  Fights  17    Won  15   Lost   2

Merthyr's Court House Amateur Boxing Club came up trumps with three champions at the Welsh Schoolboy Championships held in Penarth and Swansea recently. John Owens, won on points and both Stephen Thomas and Martin Galleozzie won in the first round when the referee stopped the fights. 

Back Row - Danny Galleozzie (trainer) -unknown-Robert Cushen - Johnny Wall - Billy 'Punchy' Davies (trainer ) - Mike Pickett - Les Pickett - Mr. Jones
Front Row - Gareth 'Tashy' Jones - Alan Jones - John Owens

(Extract from 'Merthyr Express' newspaper)   1969

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

John Owens, of Merthyr, slips a left lead from Denmark's Arne Geisler in last  night's amateur international boxing match at Llwynypia. 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' newspaper).  1974

Wales 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

Wales won seven of the first eight decisions against Scotland before being pegged back to take a 7-4 victory. 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 scorecards.

(Extract from 'Western Mail' newspaper).  1975


Court 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 Ireland - 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"

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.

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.
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.

(Extract from 'Merthyr Express' newspaper.).  1976

Although hooking solidly with both hands to the body in all three  rounds, McAllister, making his international debut was too open. The taller Owen scoring with fast, accurate punches outfoxed and finally out-gunned McAllister to take the majority decision.

(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 the fight.

(Extract from 'South Wales Echo' newspaper).  1975


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 circumstances.

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 majority verdict. 

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 newspaper). 1975


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