David Coldwell impressed by Anthony Fowler application, execution of Craig O’Brien plan

RINGSIDE 02/08/2018
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Anthony Fowler produced a career-best performance when brutally stealing the undefeated record of Craig O’Brien last weekend on the glorious 02 Arena show that was headlined by Dillian Whyte’s dramatic points victory over Joseph Parker.

Fowler was vocal throughout the build-up as he took a significant step in class, and his boasts were justified as he recorded a sensation 6th round knockout with a stunning lead left hook.

Trainer Dave Coldwell was ecstatic with the performance and he remains in buoyant mood a few days after.

“This is a kid who’s starting to get it now,” buzzed Coldwell. When he first came to me there was work to be done, but he’s getting slowly and Saturday was the perfect demonstration of everything we’ve been working on in the gym.

“There’s nothing better for a trainer than when one of your fighters goes out there and fights to the plan that you’ve created for him and that’s what Fowler has done.

“He targeted the body well in the early going and when the time was right to move upstairs, he went there brilliantly with one of the best knockouts you’ll see in a British ring this year.”

With a specific career plan now in place, one that features former Team GB colleague, Scott Fitzgerald, and Ted Cheeseman, the quest towards domestic titles is well underway.

“Fowler’s gruelling sessions under the studious eyes of Coldwell are beginning to garner the attention the Liverpool man craves and the next 12 months should be fascinating times for the 2016 Olympian.

“He’s doing everything I ask of him in the gym and he’ll need to continue with that attitude as the fights get harder.

“The domestic scene at 154lbs is shaping up pretty nicely at the moment and Fowler is right in the middle amongst it all desperate to get involved.

“The key now is to keep him learning and getting towards the standard he needs to be at if he’s to go as far as I believe he can go.

“He’s sparring well and he’s open to new ideas so we have to keep improving and when the time is right he’ll be ready for whatever threats are out there,” he added.