Anthony Fowler impresses with a fourth-round stoppage in Newcastle
By Neel Khagram
Last Updated: 23/06/17 11:50pm
Anthony Fowler impressed on his second outing as a professional after stopping Nikoloz Gvajava in the fourth round in Newcastle.
'The Machine' found a home for his shots to the body throughout the fight, sending his Georgian opponent to the canvas twice in the third round before ending the contest with further mid-section assaults in the opening moments of the following session.
Fowler started off patiently, establishing his jab to good effect in the first three minutes, before whipping in spiteful uppercuts at close range.
The 2016 Olympian was eager to impress and was warned for hitting low in the second round before engaging in toe-to-toe action as the fight threatened to explode into life.
A right hand from Fowler on the bell momentarily wobbled Gvajava's legs as the Liverpudlian reasserted his dominance.
Fowler's confidence was evident in the third and a right hand followed by an uppercut snapped Gvajava's head back before a straight right to the solar plexus then followed which dropped the visitor to the floor.
Gvajava made the count, but was soon down again after a jab to the stomach, and only momentarily spared further punishment at the sound of the bell.
Sensing his opponent wilting, Fowler threw a left-right combination to Gvajava's body in the first few seconds of the fourth round to end the fight.
"This was a perfect fight for me," Fowler told Sky Sports. "People knew what my debut meant to me, but this was brilliant.
"The second round he caught me. When we exchanged my chin was up. I'm upset with myself but you can't be a pro overnight. Now we have time to work.
"We are getting there slowly."