Trainer & Pundit
Anthony Fowler will guarantee fireworks on this Friday's NXTGEN bill, says trainer David Coldwell
Last Updated: 08/08/17 5:09pm
Sky Sports expert David Coldwell had to think hard about training Anthony Fowler, but expects fireworks from his exciting recruit on this Friday's NXTGEN bill.
Anthony is one of these kids that capture your attention, whether you like him or not. He's got that personality but besides that, he can really fight.
He's built a reputation of being a tough puncher, who is not afraid to take three to land one. I'm trying to change that, bring in a little bit of brains and cuteness, but the end product is still the same. We're still going in there to knock people out.
I even said to my wife that I don't think I will end up training him, but he's just on my wavelength, he wants to learn.
I had my reservations about training him. Anthony's always been a nice kid and I've always liked him, but then sometimes you see him on social media - this kid has always got his top off, he's had over 200 amateur fights and will probably think he knows it all. I even said to my wife that I don't think I will end up training him, but he's just on my wavelength, he wants to learn.
His debut was a massive occasion and he was far too eager, far too tense. He went in and tried to blow the kid away. Hopefully this weekend he uses his boxing brain more, because as he moves up levels he's got to be able to set up his power punches.
Tony Bellew is always there in the gym to give advice and the fact that he's from Liverpool as well, it helps, because they have known each other for a while and they both get on really well.
Fowler has sparred Carl Froch quite a lot in the past, which is why he has ended up taking on a similar style. I've wanted to move away from that a little bit, because Carl is made of something that not many men have. Not everybody can fight like Froch and be successful. Yes, he sparred with Froch and yes he learned so much, and Carl rates him.
Fowler will bring excitement whenever he fights. He is what I call a 'TV fighter'. He's one of those guys who you want to watch all the time.
Live coverage of the NXTGEN bill, featuring Josh Kelly, Anthony Fowler and Natasha Jonas will start at 9pm on Sky Sports 2.