By Jordan Ellis @JordanEllisUK
In the most anticipated fight of the night Olympian Anthony Fowler takes his first step up in class when he takes on Scott Fitzgerald. The winner can move on with a fight for the British title within touching distance.
There is no love lost between the pair who have been going back and forth for a while. The Twitter beef has been constant and at times hilarious, but this is a serious fight for both men and it’s almost time to settle the score.
Fowler’s First Test
A brilliant amateur career saw Anthony Fowler amass a 190-19 record, collect medals at the World Championships in 2013 and the 2014 Commonwealth games, as well as earning a place at the Brazil Olympics in 2016.
Since mid-2017 he has been plying his trade in the professional ranks racking up wins against modest opposition as he is eased into life as a pro.
Now comes his first test. Scott Fitzgerald is young, hungry and saying all the right things in the build up to his clash with Fowler. Both men boasting unbeaten records, someone’s 0 must go.
Fowler is still a massive favourite. At 1/7 odds it would be a huge upset if he was to come unstuck against Scott Fitzgerald. A live opponent but one Fowler expects to take out in sensational style.
“Bigger, better, stronger”
Fowler has already overcome Fitzgerald once before in the amateurs and is confident he will do so again come fight night.
Speaking about the fight Fowler said.
“I am a level above Scott, I know that for a fact. I always have been. As soon as I was an amateur I was better than Scott and under Dave (Coldwell) I have just gone to the next level again. I will be ready, 11st on the dot. I’ll be fully prepared and whatever Scott does I’ve got an answer for. I am just a bigger, better, stronger fighter.”
Fowler predicts a quick night’s work: “Five rounds… he’s going to fall.”
Everything to Gain for Fitzgerald
Despite representing Fowlers first real test, the bookmakers aren’t convinced Scott Fitzgerald poses much of a threat to the amateur standout Fowler. Priced at 4/1 Fitzgerald is a considerable underdog in this fight and can fight accordingly. With no fear, pressure or expectation he can really enjoy the moment and capitalise upon a huge opportunity that lays in front of him.
A win for Fitzgerald catapults him into the minds of the public, solidifies a title shot in his near future and some considerable pay days for even bigger fights down the line.
Having shared the ring and many sparring sessions with Fowler, Fitzgerald is confident he’s got what it takes to upset the odds.
“I can stop Fowler”
Fitzgerald has been beaming with confidence in the build-up to fight night and has been persistent in his prediction of victory.
“I think I’m definitely a completely different level to anyone he’s fought as a pro… I’m just confident I win this fight. It can happen different ways, I’m not sure, but I’m just confident I can win either way.”
The man from Preston is expected to bring a massive fan base to the M&S Bank Arena on March 30th and his promised to win in style.
“I don’t think there is any way he can beat me. I’ve not even shown my power yet properly, and I think I can stop Fowler or knock Fowler out, or also I think I can win the fight on points as well.”
Come Fight Night
By the time this fight rolls around, a quick glance around the arena will tell you how anticipated this fight truly is. You won’t see an empty seat in the house as these two men go at it.
Fowler always one to engage in entertaining fights as he actively seeks the big KO will come straight for Fitzgerald, determined to please the crowd and silence his rival.
This fight will hinge on Fitzgerald and what he brings to the party. Can he withstand the onslaught? Can he hang with Fowler? Ultimately is he cut out for this level?
If the answers to the above three questions are yes. Then Boxing fans are in for one hell of a fight that we’ll probably see again somewhere down the line.