Exclusive: Anthony Fowler praises Peter McGrail, discusses Bellew v Haye II

Joe Hewlett 26/07/2017

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Peter McGrail made Merseyside history last month as he clinched Gold at the European Championships in Ukraine for Team GB.

The bantamweight became just the second Brit to achieve such acclaim. He was also the first out of Liverpool to triumph in the tournament.

Fellow Liverpudlian Anthony Fowler has also had his fair share of success in the amateur ranks, claiming Gold at the Glasgow Games in 2013.

The Olympian expressed his delight on McGrail’s recent outing.

“It’s an amazing achievement. I speak to Peter a lot and I was trying to pass off my experience from the amateurs to him and he listened to everything, I couldn’t be prouder of him,” Fowler exclusively told World Boxing News.”

“He’s the first Scouser to win it and only the second after Luke Campbell. He won it in Ukraine as well where as Campbell won it in Britain, so all the better.”

Another boxer sailing the flag for Liverpool is Tony Bellew. The 34-year-old overcame the odds to shock the boxing world as he defeated his bitter foe David Haye.

‘Bomber Bellew’ saw off Haye in the eleventh round.

‘The Hayemaker’ has announced his comeback and confirmed his intentions to fight before the end of the year. It has led to speculation of a potential rematch with Bellew – but that isn’t the only fight the WBC Emeritus champion has been linked with.

Another possibility is a clash between himself and pound for pound king Andre Ward. The pair both starred in ‘Creed’ alongside Hollywood icon Sylvester Stallone.

Bellew recently admitted his team were in negotiations with the American and Roc Nation.

Fowler, who also trains under Dave Coldwell, said he was unsure of what Bellew’s next move may be but had preferences to his next fight.

“To be honest, I think it’s going to be out of Ward and Haye. If Parker wins, maybe it could be him but nothings set in stone. It’ll be interesting to see,” he stated.

“I’d like to see him fight Haye again and prove it wasn’t a fluke the first time.”

Asked if he thought Bellew was bothered by those who continue to doubt him, ‘The Machine’ laughed off suggestions and concluded:

“I don’t think he cares if I’m being honest. I think Bellew is happy with what he’s getting paid for the fights.”

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