By Elliot Foster
Anthony Fowler has vowed he will prove he is a “level above” Scott Fitzgerald by stopping him when they meet.
The super-welterweight rivals will clash in Liverpool on March 30, exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN Stateside.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Fitzgerald is looking to avenge an amateur defeat at the hands of ‘The Machine’ – who also won gold in Glasgow five years ago when the pair were on the Team GB squad together – at the newly-named M&S Bank Arena in Fowler’s home city.
But the confident Scouser, 27, believes he is better all-round than his Preston counterpart and says that he will show everyone that’s the case on the night.
“I am a level above Scott, I know that for a fact,” said Fowler, who was last in action last December at the FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield when he knocked out Argentina’s Jose Carlos Paz inside a round.
“I always have been. As soon as I was an amateur I was better than Scott and under [my trainer] Dave [Coldwell] I have just gone to the next level again.
“I haven’t showed it yet because it has been too easy. We’ve been saying to [Eddie Hearn] we want proper fights [from] about a year ago, but this took a long time for it to materialise. This is better for me and worse for Scott.”
Fitzgerald will warm-up for the fight on Saturday at the O2 Arena in London, exclusively live on Sky Sports and DAZN, in what will be his first fight since returning from a broken hand suffered last September.
“I always knew this fight was going to happen to be honest. I am going into this fight as the underdog which is fine by me,” he said. “I am working harder, grafting, training three times a day, recovering and resting right, and no-one has ever seen the Scott Fitzgerald that will turn up on that night.”
Regardless of which version of ‘Fitzy’ arrives in March, Fowler insists that he will have too much and will then go on to chase British champion Ted Cheeseman.
Cheeseman challenges Sergio Garcia for the European title at super-welterweight on Saturday and Fowler knows that nothing less than a win against Fitzgerald will secure another all-British scrap in one of the hottest divisions domestically.
“I will be ready, 11st on the dot. I’ll be fully prepared and whatever Scott does, I’ve got an answer for. I am just a bigger, better, stronger fighter.
“Five rounds, he’s going to fall.”