Exclusive: Fowler reviews O’Brien victory, eyes Cheeseman, Metcalf, Fitzgerald and Oct 6 Chicago spot

Joe Hewlett 08/08/2018

Lawrence Lustig

Anthony Fowler made a statement of intent in July, landing a spectacular left hook to knock out Craig O’Brien in the sixth round at London’s 02 Arena. 

It was the first time Fowler had tasted victory against someone who was also undefeated, and the ‘Machine’ has warned his rivals there is much more to come.

Admitting he relished the opportunity, Fowler exclusively told World Boxing News: “It was the first fight I’ve had where there had been a little bit of needle before the fight. O’Brien was talking s*** during the weigh-in and was confident because he was unbeaten but once he got in the ring with me it was a different story.

“I’ve always been able to box, and the pros definitely suit my game – it wasn’t a power shot, trust me I can hit a lot harder.”

A monster eight-year deal between Matchroom and DAZN officially begins at Wembley Stadium on September 22 as Anthony Joshua defends his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles against Alexander Povetkin on September 22 – followed its debut in America on October 6 in Chicago.

The Liverpudlian has been vocal on social media in voicing his hopes of being on the October 6 undercard.

Speaking about the prospect of featuring on the show, Fowler said: “I’d love to be on the card in Chicago. Dave (Coldwell) will be out there anyways with Gavin McDonnell.

“Wherever he goes I go, so it’d make sense. I’ll be ready to put on a show but it’s all down to Eddie, he’s the one who makes that decision, but I’ll be ready to fight in October.

“After that, I want to challenge for a title in November or December.”


The 27-year-old is eager to continue his progression and is prepared for future domestic dust-ups with the likes of fellow Matchroom fighter Ted Cheeseman on the horizon.

“I know the fight with Ted is a few fights away, but Scott Fitzgerald and James Metcalf are the types of fights that I want in the meantime. I rate Ted, he’s a good boxer but I see weaknesses in his game I can exploit.

“He’s challenging for the British title but he’s probably a little jealous he hasn’t got the profile compared to someone like me who has been to the Olympics.

“In my last fight, the only thing on my mind was to knock O’Brien out. I would have won either way, but I wanted to entertain.

“Don’t get me wrong though, I wouldn’t box like I did with O’Brien when I get in the ring with someone like Cheeseman, I’d outbox him – there’s so much more to my boxing and I will show everyone what I can do,” he added.

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