Feature | Jul 28 2014

Vijender Singh lies in wait but Antony Fowler needs to be careful with Kieran Smith

But expectation is high for the Liverpool middleweight at the Commonwealth Games, writes John Dennen
Anthony Fowler
Antony-Fowler  |  Greg Woodward/GB Boxing

AT about 9.30pm tonight England’s middleweight Antony Fowler will take on the host nation’s 75kgs Kieran Smith at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Fowler has defeated him before. He beat him handily three years ago, punishing him with heavy shots and driving Smith round the ring for a wide points win.

But that result could be deceptive. Fowler can’t afford to take the Scot lightly. Home advantage is significant. If Smith lands his jab, keeps on the move, doesn’t engage in a fight with Fowler, this could be a lot closer than expected.

“Obviously you have the crowd on his side, the judges will be watching, might be a little bit influenced by the crowd, the noise,” Antony said. “He’s a young lad, he’s talented. I beat him three years ago. Since then I’ve gone on to greater things. He hasn’t really improved much, he hasn’t really done much. Whereas I’ve picked up medals all over the world. I’ve had seven golds in international tournaments, I’ve got World bronze. What’s he done? Not being disrespectful, I’m confident going in.