Baku 2015: Pro dreams can wait as Rio calls for Fowler

15 June 2015 / 08:28

Antony Fowler insists his professional debut can wait as he seeks to add to his medal collection at the European Games in Baku.

After striking middleweight gold at last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the former world bronze medallist was continually asked on social media when he'd be quitting the amateur game.

But the 24-year old remains totally committed to next year's Olympics and a medal in Baku would secure qualification for the October's World Championships, where all-important Olympic selection will be up for grabs.

"Professionalism was always there," he said, "But for now it's all about me getting an Olympic medal - hopefully a gold one. It's been my goal since day one, when I was a kid.

"It won't be as strong as the Olympics, but some of the best kids in Europe are going to be here, it's going to be a very high standard.

"There's no professional boxing in some parts of eastern Europe so their objective is the Olympics, rather than professional world titles. However, we lose a lot of our best boxers to the professional ranks.

"We are an inexperienced team. We've got a few young lads who've not really been tested yet, but I honestly believe they can come of age in this tournament."

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