Anthony Fowler has said that he wants a step up in opposition in every fight he takes as he nears a return to the ring following a hand injury.
Fowler has been out of action since October due to an injury which forced him into a hand operation but isn’t looking for an easy comeback fight and says he’s always after tougher challenges in each bout.
“I’m hoping for this year again to step up,” Fowler exclusively told World Boxing News. “To step up the level of opposition and the level of performances.
“I want to have a step up in every fight that I have. I always want to try and box better than I did in my last fight. Dave (Coldwell, trainer) knows that it’s a gradual process and that I’ve always got to keep improving.
“There’s no point in boxing kids when it’s easy. I want to test myself. Hopefully, I’ll be in challenging fights again.”
On an ailment which has hampered his progress slightly, Fowler added: “It’s been frustrating with the injury. I like to be in the gym and training so it was frustrating not being able to train. I was obviously missing out on fights as well.
“It’s all behind me now my hand’s all better now. I’m back sparring, back training full-time. I’m hoping for a fight in March and I’m definitely fighting in April so things are looking up.”
Despite having a professional record of just 4-0, the Liverpudlian prospect is already targeting a shot at the British title and hopes a fight for Lonsdale belt can come at the end of this year.
“I’d like to have six fights this year and finish the year at 10-0,” continued Fowler. “That’d be great for me, to have six fights.
“There’s a few lads around at domestic level. Lads like Joe Pigford, James Metcalf. I think one of them will fight for the vacant belt soon and whoever wins, maybe at the end of the year I could box them.”
“As a professional, I’ve only ever boxed six rounds so once I started getting rounds under my belt I can start moving on. I believe I’m at that level now where I could beat those guys now. I just need to have experience of going 12 rounds.
“All I need is to get those few rounds under my belt. I’m sparring 12 rounds now and I’m more than holding my own,” he concluded.
Jacob Kilbride is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @jacob_kilbride