Bowman qualifies for Oceania Games

Some great bouts were seen on the finals day of the NZ Amateur Boxing Champs.

In the middleweight division, Josh Bowman (Te Rarawa) came out on top, and furthermore, he received more than just the national title. All winners also gained a spot in the Oceania Games to be held in November.

Fighting out of the red corner was Te Rarawa's Josh Bowman, up against Daniel Parkin from Taranaki.

The prize up for grabs for these two boxers: the NZ middleweight title.

Boxers of two distinct styles, Bowman was looking to use his power and strength on the inside early.

A few words from coach and father Tim, and Bowman got back to work in the second round.  However, Daniel Parkin was still throwing scoring punches and remained elusive at times.

The two fighters gave it their all in the final round, making it a hard decision for the judges. However in the end, this Māori descendant was awarded the victory and the title of champion by a majority decision.

Bowman now sets his sights on the Oceania Games in Auckland this November.