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."
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