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 Last update:  8/29/2014       Read more by Anson Wainwright         
   
Antony Fowler Aims For Olympic Gold at 2016 Games
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By Anson Wainwright

Earlier this month Antony Fowler won gold for England at the Commonwealth games in the middleweight class.

The 23-year old Liverpudlian was tipped to win gold and was glad to come good.

It was a great relief because I knew all along I was the best in my weight category, but its one thing being the best another proving it. Fowler told BoxingScene.com last week.

He hopes to use the win to push on and win gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

My next target is WSB (World Series of Boxing) which starts in November. I need to get myself a team. I want to qualify next for the Olympics. said Fowler.

BoxingScene.com caught up with Fowler last week and spoke with him about his recent win, his amateur career and an interesting family link.

Boxing Scene - Congratulations on winning gold at the Commonwealth games. Tell us about that?

Antony Fowler - I had five fights in eight days, it was hard physically on the body but I enjoyed every single fight. I thought I controlled all the fights through out the tournament and I was very happy overall.

Boxing Scene - You beat five guys to get to win the tournament, what did it mean to you personally when you knew youd won the gold?


AF - More than anything it was a great relief because I knew all along I was the best in my weight category but its one thing being the best another proving it. I was proud to win gold.

Boxing Scene - What have you done with yourself since winning the tournament?

AF - I had two-weeks off, rest. I went to Ibiza, had a few drinks, a bit of a party, tried to relax. Now Im back in the gym, ticking over, back running back doing weights.

Boxing Scene - Has winning gold at the Commonwealth games changed your life in anyway?

AF - No, I wouldnt say that. Ive got publicity so Im a lot more well known than I was. A few people have spotted me and stuff but in general its the same old stuff, same old story.

Boxing Scene - What is your next target?

AF - My next target is WSB (World Series of Boxing) which starts in November. I need to get myself a team. I want to qualify next for the Olympics and do that through the WSB. The world (championships) is towards the end of next year, I won a bronze last year so Im looking to win gold next year.

Boxing Scene - Tell us about your amateur career?

AF - I won six ABA titles, two senior, three junior and a school boys. I won seven International gold medals around the world, in Finland, Turkey, Poland, Ireland, Estonia. Ive boxed a Cuban called Carlos Banteux, who won Olympic silver, I beat him. I beat Stefan Haertel who was rated third in the world. I beat a Ukrainian (Dmytro Mytrafanov) who was second in the world. I have a 155 fights and lost 13.

Boxing Scene - Callum Smith is also from Liverpool and making waves in the pros, hes a similar age to you. Have the two of you fought?

AF - Yeah I boxed Callum Smith twice, weve won one each. It was never a friendly rivalry, it was serious rivalry, it was very very intense but now hes professional and Im amateur and different weights were friendly but obvious its still a fight that could happen in the future.

Boxing Scene - Youre part of Team GB, what is that like?

AF - We live in Sheffield for four days a week in flats. Were a very close group; were like a big family to be fair. We all push each other on.

Boxing Scene - Do you intend to one day enter the professional ranks?

AF - Yeah of course, since Ive been 11-years of age its always been my long term goal but for the time being Im happy doing what Im doing. Im improving every year; Im picking up experience and maturing as a fighter. When the time is to go pro Ill be fully prepared.

Boxing Scene - Who is your boxing hero?

AF - Id say Floyd Mayweather, hes a little bit arrogant and cocky but he backs it up and he talks the talk but he can walk the walk, he delivers the goods. Hes the best boxer on the planet pound-for-pound, thats what I want to be.

Boxing Scene - Tell us about your life in general?

AF - Im just a normal lad, I like to go out with my mates and have a drink when I can. I train that hard Monday to Friday Im happy to relax and go bowling, pictures, food at Nandos, just socialise when I can. Its a very hectic schedule that Ive got at Team GB we train very very hard.

Boxing Scene - Interestingly youre cousin is Robbie Fowler (ex-soccer player), thats an interesting family tie?

AF - Yeah obviously hes my first cousin, were close but were in different sports, boxing completely different for football. In football you have 10 players on the pitch to help you out whereas in boxing youre in the ring on your own.

Boxing Scene - In closing do you have a message for the boxing world?

AF - Just watch out Im coming!

Questions and/or comments can be sent to Anson at elraincoat@live.co.uk and you can follow him at www.twitter.com/AnsonWainwright

Tags: Amateur Boxing



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