Smith vs Eggington: Anthony Fowler confident of stopping Scott Fitzgerald ‘within five rounds’
By Neel Khagram
Anthony Fowler believes he will stop Scott Fitzgerald “within five rounds” when the pair meet in Liverpool this Saturday night.
The super-welterweight rivals will put their unbeaten professional records on the line at The M&S Bank Arena, live on Sky Sports, and Merseysider Fowler is confident that he will show that he is a level above his opponent by inflicting a devastating finish in front of his home crowd.
“I think it’s going to be over within five rounds,” said Fowler.
“I think early on, Scott is going to get a shock when he realises how hard I hit and how hard I am to hit. His confidence is going to drain away round-by-round and as soon as I start hitting him downstairs and on the chin he’s going to feel the pace.
“I think he’ll be brave and he’ll come to win but there’s only so many shots you can take with those little gloves.
“I’ve boxed two unbeaten kids and knocked them both out and I’ll do the same to Scott.”
Fitzgerald won the 2014 Commonwealth games gold medal at welterweight in the unpaid ranks and has stopped nine of his 12 opponents since turning over as a professional.
The Preston-based fighter has adjusted his preparations going into this fight by appointing his father as head coach, but Fowler - who won Commonwealth gold in the same games but at middleweight - says his past meetings with ‘Fitzy’ in the Great Britain amateur squad proves the gulf in class, and that victory will put him in line to silence another domestic rival in Ted Cheeseman and earn the 154lb British title.
“Scott was a hard trainer in the GB squad. We used to spar and I was always that much better than him,” he said.
“I’d win every round of our spars, they were never close. When we fought each other I destroyed him in two rounds. Even though he was a top fighter, I was always an elite fighter.
“After this win everyone knows who I want next, I want Ted Cheeseman for the British. This time next year I want to be a European Champion.”
Okolie vs Camacho: Lawrence Okolie confident of knockout victory over Wadi Camacho
By Neel Khagram
Lawrence Okolie says a stoppage victory over Wadi Camacho “is a formality”.
The undefeated 26-year-old (11-0-KO8) will be making the first defence of the British cruiserweight title he won against Matty Askin last September, and believes that his greater boxing ability will result in a devastating knockout finish when he meets the current Commonwealth champion, at London’s Copper Box Arena, this Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
“I think stopping Wadi is a formality for me,” Okolie said.
“He’s got the sort of style that will leave him open to me knocking him out. When it comes down to his skill against my skill, Wadi isn’t on my level, or on the level of the people that I’ve already beaten in the amateurs or the pros.
“I’m taller than him and I hit harder than him. If you break Wadi down as a fighter, I can see many different ways in which I beat him. This fight will definitely end in a knockout.”
Camacho (21-7-KO12) won the Commonwealth crown - formerly owned and vacated by Okolie - after defeating Arfan Iqbal inside the distance last November.
The 2013 Prizefighter champion has lost seven times as a professional, including a 2016 points loss to Isaac Chamberlain whom Okolie defeated last year.
And the ‘Sauce’ feels that victory this weekend will serve as perfect preparation for potential bouts against leading cruiserweight contenders such as former world champion Denis Lebedev, whilst also cementing his place as the best British boxer at 200lbs.
“With Wadi being a southpaw, it’s very good practice for stepping up to the Lebedevs and other world level guys,” he said.
“I’m not overlooking Wadi, I’ve trained extremely hard for him and I’ll deal with him accordingly. On Saturday I’ll show him and all of the other cruiserweights in Britain what I’m about.
“I want to finish Wadi in a more systematic way – maybe go in southpaw and practice different pattern movements. I want to go in there and show him that he’s a practice fight for me as opposed to a 50-50 fight.”
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