Exclusive: ‘I’ve got a lot to prove in 2018’ – says Anthony Fowler

Jacob Kilbride 29/01/2018

Anthony Fowler believes that he has a point to prove in 2018 as he prepares to return to the ring following a hand injury.

Fowler has been out of action since beating Hungary’s Laszlo Fazekas in October due to an injury which forced him into a hand operation.

But, the former Team GB Olympian now has is eyes set on a return with a potential fight as well as a slot on the Amir Khan vs Phil Lo Greco on the horizon.

“I’ve got a lot to prove this year, a lot to prove to myself and my critics as well,” Fowler exclusively told World Boxing News. “I’m working hard every day, training twice a day, six times a week.”

On possibly featuring in his hometown on April 21st, Fowler added: “It’ll be a pleasure to fight at home on the same card as the Amir Khan homecoming.

“I’m a big fan of Khan and I rate him very highly and what he’s achieved in his career. It’ll be good to be there and to be part of that show.

“I’m hoping to fight soon and it could be the Dillian Whyte (vs Lucas Browne) card or the Kell Brook (vs Sergey Rabchenko) card. We’ll just have to see how it goes.

“I reckon the Dillian Whyte card is a good target but we’ll just have to see how it goes.”

Fowler finished his debut year as a professional with a record of 4-0 with three of those wins coming inside the distance.

The accomplished former amateur, who has won medals at the AIBA world championships and Commonwealth Games, says he’s found the shift to the paid ranks comfortable.

“It has been easy to switch from the amateurs to the professionals really,” admitted the 26-year-old. “But, I’ve trained like a pro for years, I train very hard.

“I’ve always sparred with a lot of pros and boxed a lot of rounds with pros. It’s been easy for me really.

“It was a good year. I had four fights, four wins. I boxed ok. I boxed within myself, I didn’t box unbelievable but my opponents were all very negative so it wasn’t easy to look good.”

Jacob Kilbride is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @jacob_kilbride