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 Last update:  8/3/2014       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
Antony Fowler, Scott Fitzgerald Grab Gold For England
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Antony Fowler is convinced his concussive charge to Commonwealth Games boxing success in Glasgow will help him step out of the shadows of his more famous cousin.

The 23-year-old is related to former Liverpool footballer Robbie but is quickly making a name for himself after rounding off a dominant campaign in the 20,000-capacity Hydro.

Fowler dominated his middleweight final against India's former Olympic bronze medallist Vijender, flooring his opponent on his way to a wide points win.

He said: "I want to be my own man. Football has 11 players but I'm doing it all my own - I'm my own person."

A flurry of sharp hooks dumped Vijender on the canvas midway through the opening round, with the Indian complaining he had been hit while on the deck.

A right hook on the bell to end the round underlined Fowler's dominance, and although Vijender drew on his experience to drag himself back into the fight his moments of success were too fleeting to seriously threaten to turn the fight around.

The final minute of the third arguably proved Vijender's most successful as he rammed home a straight left, but there was never any doubt that the Liverpool fighter would get the unanimous verdict.

Fowler made no excuses for his combative style which is already stirring the interest of professional promoters although the 23-year-old is intent on crowning his amateur career with gold in Rio in 2016.

Fowler added: "When I was an 11-year-old boy I saw guys winning the Commonwealth bronze and thought they were superstars - 12 years later I'm here winning gold and I'm so proud of myself.

"I might have looked like I was trying to knock him out but that was me trying to coast - he hit me with some of his big shots and I thought 'no way'.

"It's been nine months work - I didn't drink over Christmas and I was in the gym Christmas Eve. I've had two weeks off since then.

"I was levels above the people here and this is just the start for me - I'm a man on the mission and I'm going to the Olympics."

Powerful England welterweight Scott Fitzgerald capped his first major international competition by blasting out another Indian, Mandeep Jangra.

The Preston man decked Jangra in the opening round and twice more in the second to secure the most emphatic of unanimous decision wins.

The 22-year-old said: "My aim was to get gold but realistically I had a lot of doubts. It's been mentally quite tough and I've just pushed through it and I got the rewards. I've got a gold medal round my neck and nothing is going to bother me now for a couple of weeks."

England's Qais Ashfaq made a good start in his bantamweight final against Northern Ireland's Michael Conlan but was outpointed by the Olympic bronze medallist.

Defiant Ashfaq said: "I know for a fact that on my day I could beat him. Next for me is the Worlds, the Europeans and then next year Olympic qualifiers.

"I'm still learning and still young - it's been an amazing experience."

London super-heavyweight Joe Joyce secured a fifth and final boxing gold for England with a unanimous decision over Australia's Joe Goodall

Boxing behind a powerful left jab, Joyce bossed the first round which he took on all three of the judges' cards.

Much the cleaner work continued to come from Joyce in round two, catching Goodall coming in with some nice left uppercuts and an overhand right which pushed the Australian back into the ropes.

Short work up close forced Goodall to take a standing count towards the end of the second, and Joyce continued to dominate in the last on his way to victory.

When announced as the gold medallist Joyce celebrated with a back flip in the ring.

Joyce revealed how a change in his pre-fight routine had helped him secure gold after disappointments in the recent World and European Championships.

Joyce was stopped by Russian Sergey Kuzmin after just 49 seconds of his European semi-final in Minsk earlier this year blaming a last-minute rush to the ring.

Joyce said: "I have been learning the hard way in the Europeans and the Worlds so I made it right for this one.

"I was a bit unlucky in the Europeans, I got rushed on and didn't get a proper warm-up but I've got my preparation right to come out fast and switched on.

"I felt in control but he was very elusive and quite hard to hit. I found myself chasing him and trying to cut off the ring."

Joyce paid tribute to a powerful England performance which yielded five gold medals putting them on top of the boxing medals table.

He added: "We did so well in London (as Great Britain) and Glasgow was just around the corner, and now everybody else is looking at us as a big danger country".

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