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 it’s 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 you’d 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 I’m 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 wouldn’t say that. I’ve got publicity so I’m a lot more well known than I was. A few people have spotted me and stuff but in general it’s 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 I’m 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. I’ve 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, he’s a similar age to you. Have the two of you fought?
AF - Yeah I boxed Callum Smith twice, we’ve won one each. It was never a friendly rivalry, it was serious rivalry, it was very very intense but now he’s professional and I’m amateur and different weights we’re friendly but obvious it’s still a fight that could happen in the future.
Boxing Scene - You’re part of Team GB, what is that like?
AF - We live in Sheffield for four days a week in flats. We’re a very close group; we’re 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 I’ve been 11-years of age it’s always been my long term goal but for the time being I’m happy doing what I’m doing. I’m improving every year; I’m picking up experience and maturing as a fighter. When the time is to go pro I’ll be fully prepared.
Boxing Scene - Who is your boxing hero?
AF - I’d say Floyd Mayweather, he’s 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. He’s the best boxer on the planet pound-for-pound, that’s what I want to be.
Boxing Scene - Tell us about your life in general?
AF - I’m 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 I’m happy to relax and go bowling, pictures, food at Nando’s, just socialise when I can. It’s a very hectic schedule that I’ve got at Team GB we train very very hard.
Boxing Scene - Interestingly you’re cousin is Robbie Fowler (ex-soccer player), that’s an interesting family tie?
AF - Yeah obviously he’s my first cousin, we’re close but we’re in different sports, boxing completely different for football. In football you have 10 players on the pitch to help you out whereas in boxing you’re in the ring on your own.
Boxing Scene - In closing do you have a message for the boxing world?
AF - Just watch out I’m coming!
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