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Countdown to Rio: Boxing's Antony Fowler

August 10, 2014 12:26 pm

Home nations enjoyed their most successful Commonwealth Games ever in Glasgow. But who were the stars of the Games, whose targets have now been reset on the road to Rio - with the Olympics just two years away?

Antony Fowler stepped out of the shadows of his famous footballing cousin to claim Commonwealth Games boxing gold in style - and now he's got his sights set on Olympic gold too.

Fowler dominated Indian rival Vijender Singh to claim the middleweight title with a confident and unanimous decision that left no-one watching under any illusions about his potential.

The 23-year old outthought, outfought and outclassed an experienced opponent, who won Olympic bronze six years ago in Beijing.

"I want to be my own man - hopefully I won't be known as Robbie Fowler's cousin anymore now I'm the Commonwealth gold medallist. I've done it all myself - I'm my own person," he said.

"I was 11 years old when I saw guys winning medals at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. I thought they were superstars and I dreamed of being one myself and I'm so proud of myself right now."

Fowler - who describes himself as a normal Liverpool lad with big ambitions - had looked imperious during his progress through the rounds in Glasgow.

"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," he added.

"I've only lost one bout in all that time but that was a bad decision - so I've had 16 bout and won them all in my eyes.

"I'm going to have two or three weeks off now - I'm going to Ibiza next week so I'll switch off there.

"I'm the only British middleweight to get a bronze at the Worlds and next year I want to win the Worlds and get a gold medal - that would make me so happy again.

"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 to get another gold medal."

Other stars of Glasgow 2014 looking to travel on the road to Rio

Ross Murdoch (Swimming)

Claudia Fragapane (Gymnastics)

Matthew Hudson-Smith (Athletics)

Zoe Smith (Weightlifting)

Jazz Carlin (Swimming)

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