Exclusive: Fowler brands new stablemate Bellew, ‘best Liverpool fighter ever’, recalls Haye win

Joe Hewlett 27/04/2017

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Anthony Fowler has revealed where he watched the grudge match between friend Tony Bellew and David Haye.

Having trained with Bellew and a now a fellow stablemate of ‘The Bomber’s at Dave Coldwell’s gym, one may have concluded it was ringside at The 02.

Think again.

“I was filming a TV show in the Lake District for Sky and was in the middle of no-where. I had to drive the cast to the nearest pub to watch the fight in this mad little town. I was screaming during the whole fight. I went absolutely mental when Tony won, I was over the moon for him,” Fowler exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Before the fight I said don’t write Bellew off. I honestly believed he could win from the start. I remember him as a heavyweight back in the amateurs and he always possessed great hand speed and could hit hard,” he said.

Bellew recently quashed rumours of retirement to confirm his intentions of continuing at heavyweight.

Fowler who recently signed for Matchroom, paid tribute to Bellew and believes he should fight for a world title fight in his next move.

“I’d like to see him fight for a world title next. Joseph Parker would be a great fight for him. I think it’s a fight he could definitely win. There’s also the Haye rematch though, the whole public would love to see the rematch.

“He’s made his money but is fighting on as he loves to fight and wants to cement his legacy. For me he’s the best boxer to have ever came out of Liverpool, that’s no disrespect to John Conteh or anyone but what Bellew has done at three different weights is unbelievable.

“Conteh was brilliant at light-heavyweight but to move up to heavyweight and defeat a monster like Haye is extraordinary.”

‘The Machine’ recalls of the first encounter between himself and Bellew followed by a trip down memory lane.

“I first met Tony when I won the School title at the age of 13. I didn’t know him personally but he was the ABA Champion and we had a picture taken together. I had always followed his career.

“I remember this one time when he was with Liam Smith. This was when I was fourteen and he was saying to Smith, ‘I’m going to become world champion, blah blah blah…’ and I remember thinking, “what a lunatic,” he laughed.

“But he predicted it. He continued to believe in himself and was right.”

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