Boxing News and Views caught up with undefeated professional 154lbs prospect Anthony Fowler who has made big waves in his first year as a pro.

Resting a cut and sore hand at the moment through Christmas and starting fresh next year, Anthony told me he was pleased overall with his last fight in October where he was taken the distance for the first time as a professional (4-0-3KO) by Hungarian Laszlo Fazekas:

“I want to stop these kids but he was very crafty. He boxed a few former world champions so he knew what he was doing. He was a clever fighter and I think I learned a lot that fight because I got 6 rounds under my belt for the first time in my career. He was a crafty fighter – so I learned a few tricks.”

Touching on how he felt year one as a pro went overall, Fowler added:

“I’ve had a good year as a pro. Four fights in five months so I was very busy. People want to see me fight. That’s the main thing. People are asking me when am I fighting again? That’s important that I’m entertaining and I’m getting the wins as well, which is even more important.”

Outside of his knockout power, Anthony said he is working on plenty of other areas of his game too:

“I’ve always hit hard and that gets the fans talking. At the elite level it’s the little things like your head movement, your balance – which makes a difference. Its about improving all the time.”

Our chat then moved to Liverpool boxing and an upcoming big fight for one of the city’s most famed fighting sons, Tony Bellew, who rematches David Haye on December 17th at the 02 Arena in London following a stoppage win over Haye back in March:

“Yeah definitely, as a city Liverpool is a massive fighting city. It’s either football or boxing in Liverpool. You’ve got Callum Smith close to a world title and Bellew against Haye (for example). There’s big names there (in Liverpool) and there’s big fights. I can see Bellew winning again. I don’t think it was a fluke. I think Bellew was out-boxing Haye at times. I think Haye was with him in the early rounds but Bellew’s plan was always to take over late. I still think that after five rounds that David Haye was getting tired and Bellew was looking fresh. I think that Bellew beats him – it will be a repeat result. I think Bellew beats him on points this time.”

As our chat concluded, I wanted to get Anthony’s thoughts briefly on who he sees as the best fighters in the world at the moment at 154lbs:

“You’ve got (Jermell) Charlo, (Jarrett) Hurd and (Erislandy) Lara. Lara is a bit of a bogeyman. He’s a boring fighter. People don’t really like watching him fight because he’s a bit boring. But the main name out there at the minute for me is Charlo.”