Madeleine Bowen is one of ten Australian women who will be competing at the IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship. Not only will she be looking to impress, but will hope to come back with a gold medal as she competes against women from 31 other countries.
The event, held in Istanbul, has individuals competing from countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.
Bowen’s journey will begin overnight when she faces Ornella Ramnath of Trinidad and Tobago in the Round of 32 phase. The 25 year old sat down with The Inner Sanctum to discuss her boxing career, how she qualified for the tournament and what she expects.
Bowen will be competing in the Women 45-48kg Minimumweight category. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 and the restrictions put into place in Turkey, her family and friends will not be able to accompany her and cheer from the stands.
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To qualify for the tournament, the Western Australian had to undergo strenuous training routines and win multiple fights.
Bowen detailed the incredible feeling that overcame her when she won her qualifying bout.
“It was just a relief, I had worked so hard to get there. I had done so many training sessions, I was exhausted and I won that fight and I was just like ‘WOW!’,” she said.
Starting her career as a teenager, Bowen recently came back to boxing after a three-year break. Having competed in just nine fights, she is categorised in the intermediate category but has had plenty of experience boxing for over ten years.
Now, her confidence is at an all-time high and she is more mentally prepared for all challenges ahead.
“It was mentally (hard) because I knew that I was a better boxer than I had been before, but there was still that doubt because I hadn’t been able to prove it yet,” Bowen told.
As stated, Bowen’s first contest will come against Trinidad and Tobago fighter, Ornella Faith Ramnath in the Round of 32 phase.
Ramnath previously won the First Citizens Sports Foundation award in the youth category for boxing in 2018. Not only will she be a formidable opponent, but brings another different style to the competition.
Should she win, it will provide her with a good start to the tournament and advance her to the next round.
Madeleine Bowen competes on day two of the IBA World Women’s Boxing Championships and will be the first Australian to compete in the torunament. Day two bouts begin at 1am AEST on Wednesday May 11 (11pm AWST on Tuesday May 10) and can be viewed here.