York's Carney "Beeper" Bowman is aiming to make a return to the boxing ring next month.
His trainer, Julio Alvarez, said Thursday he is aiming to hold a boxing event on Aug. 10 at the Valencia Ballroom in York City, with Bowman as the headliner.
Bowman has been out of action since December 2010, when he won a bout to improve to 16-0 in the lightweight (130-135 pounds) division. Alvarez recently asked Bowman to be the headliner of the August event after he found out York College student Stevie Weimer sustained an injury to his shoulder.
Weimer was originally slated to be the headliner at the event, but Alvarez said Weimer will have to undergo surgery to fix the injury. It's unclear how long Weimer, who is 8-0 as a welterweight (140-147 pounds), will be out of action.
York natives Jesus Saucedo and Brittany Inkrote will also have bouts at the event. Saucedo is 3-0 at the light welterweight (135-140 pounds) class. Inkrote, 24, will make her pro debut.
Bowman: Bowman stepped away from boxing over the last year-and-a-half to deal with several things in his personal life, Alvarez said.
"He's been going through a lot in his life with his girlfriend and his kids and everything," Alvarez said. "It's one of those things where you have to be in the gym doing the right things if you want to succeed. So, now we're trying to get him back in shape and put him back in the ring."
Alvarez said boxing promoter Cameron Dunkin has expressed interest in possibly signing Bowman if Bowman can return to form. Dunkin has a large stable of successful boxers, including Timothy Bradley, who recently defeated Manny Pacquiao.
"We want go get Carney to 20-0 by the beginning of next year," Alvarez said. "Dunkin would like to move (Bowman) up to feather weight and challenge for a world title somewhere."
Alvarez is aiming to hold seven to 12 bouts at the Aug. 10 event.
For information, contact Alvarez at 968-8000.
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