Exclusive: Anthony Fowler firm on campaigning at 154, eyes eight fights in first year as a pro

Joe Hewlett 24/04/2017

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After fifteen years of slugging it out in the amateurs, Anthony Fowler finally confirmed his step-up in joining the professional ranks. The 26-year-old has revealed he will join forces with Eddie Hearn and the Matchroom empire.

‘The Machine’ admitted it was a tough decision but was swayed after receiving advice from the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tony Bellew and Carl Froch.

He will make his debut next month at Brammall Lane and has signalled his intentions of making an instant impact.

“It was a tough decision but I have the biggest platform supporting me in Sky Sports and Matchroom. Eddie has promised me eight fights in my first year so I’ll be very busy and active which is important for me because I literally live at the gym and am always ready to go – Eddie’s a man of his word,” he exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I want to become British champion in the next 18 months. The first year is to learn my trade and gain valuable experience and have a few ten and twelve round fights and then win the title. I’m happy to fight whoever is the champion.

“I will be fighting at 154lbs but the first few fights will be over the limit as I’m still trying to get down to the weight. I’m currently at 162lbs, the weight is slowly but surely moving down,” he laughed.

The six-time ABA champion and cousin of former Liverpool striker Robbie had hit the pads with the likes of Freddie Roach and Shane McGuigan.

But it was friend and trainer Dave Coldwell the Commonwealth Games gold medallist has linked up with.

“I knew Dave before I joined him, we have been friends for years. I first met him seven years ago and hit the pads with him and he was impressed with my performance. I used to go to all his shows and always spoke to him as a friend, not as a coach but I went down to him gym to try things out because he’s done great things with the McDonald brothers and Tony Bellew.

“I really enjoyed the session and am delighted to be working with him. He’s a very patient coach and believe he will bring the best out of me. Under Dave, I will become a better boxer technically and he will get me back behind my jab and boxing again instead of getting involved in brawls,” he stated.

Fowler concluded the pair have great chemistry together and added: “We have a laugh together, he’s a very nice fella but in the gym, what he says, goes. He tells me to jump and I ask how high?”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95