Anthony Fowler: I’d never turn down a fight

Liverpudlian classy in defeat against Liam Smith

Anthony Fowler conceded that he wasn’t ready for a fighter of the calibre of Liam Smith after losing for the second time as a pro last weekend.

The super-welterweight succumbed his WBA International title to the former WBO world champion in a battle for Scouse supremacy at the M&S Bank Arena.

Fowler went in with his local rival in the pair’s home city of Liverpool, exclusively live on DAZN, and was dropped twice en-route to being stopped inside eight rounds.

But the 30-year-old, who recently became a father for the first time, admitted that it was almost too much too soon after his coach, Shane McGuigan, pulled him out after two minutes and four seconds of the round.

“I will do eventually but you can’t jump before you can walk,” Fowler said in the aftermath.

Eddie Hearn, the Matchroom chairman who promotes both Smith and Fowler, indicated that there is a route back for the former Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

Sergio Garcia, the current European champion at 154lbs, has been mentioned as a potential comeback opponent for Fowler and it’s something that, immediately after his second reverse without the vest and headguard, ‘The Machine’ was looking towards.

“You can’t rush into it,” he continued. “If I’d had a Cheeseman fight, a Sergio Garcia, then, who knows, it might have been a bit more competitive.

“I’m not a fool, but I’ve got a lot of heart and will never turn down a fight.”

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