This is a new dawn for Anthony Fowler. He has chosen to link up with my son Shane as trainer, a move I believe we will see him mix in world class at super-welterweight.
Fowler has taken stock, in part after dropping a split-decision to Scott Fitzgerald a year ago and decided he needs a new direction.
I don’t know what has happened in the past. He has shown quality but not consistently.
You might not witness the full range of his talent on Saturday night but the potential he revealed as an amateur in representing Britain at the Rio Olympics is obvious to me.
I have seen him spar with middleweights and light heavies. I've seen him with quicker guys and he has been dominant.
When I watched Jeison Rosario stop Julian Williams for the WBA and IBF super-welterweight titles earlier this year I was thinking Fowler can operate at that level
At this stage the only benchmark has been his work in the gym. I see world class all over him. What’s more he seems a well-rounded kid with the right attitude.
The gym is a tough environment. You have to accept the banter that flies around between fighters, which can be testing. Coping with that is half of the job. And he does it admirably. Mind you, he is a Scouser.
He is not a fancy Dan. He does not dance about the ring but he has good feet. He is big for the weight, a shade below 6ft tall, strong and powerful with long, whippy punches.
Shane’s record speaks for itself. He has taken fighters from novice pros to world champion.
He has an ability to see things in a particular way and communicate in a manner fighters understand implicitly.
Not one of the fighters he has trained is like the other. Carl Frampton, Josh Taylor, George Groves, Luke Campbell, Lawrence Okolie, to name a few, are all different.
The essence of coaching is to draw out individual qualities and make a fighter the best he can be.
Basically you strip it all back, look at the attributes a fighter has and work with what you see.
Fowler’s opponent on Saturday is late replacement Theophilus Tetteh. It is effectively a marker fight before he gets a chance to avenge the defeat to Fitzgerald.
And victory, believe me, will be the catalyst to greater things.
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