Exclusive: Anthony Fowler plans for world takeover with Shane McGuigan

The 2016 Olympian reveals Ted Cheeseman is running away from a domestic clash. Fowler also talks about a Scott Fitzgerald rematch, Josh Kelly's defeat and his world title ambitions.

Boxing is no game for Anthony Fowler. He lives and breathes it.

Nothing confirms this more than living down south five times a week to train alongside world-class trainer Shane McGuigan.

Fowler linked up with McGuigan after parting ways with Dave Coldwell, and together, they have notched up victories over Theophilus Tetteh, Adam Harper and Jorge Fortea.

All three have ended inside the distance.

His last fight was against Fortea which ended inside three rounds. It was rescheduled from February to March after Fowler tested positive for Coronavirus.

Fowler's partner - who is expecting their first child, a baby boy later this year, also had the virus but neither suffered any severe symptoms.

While a rematch with Scott Fitzgerald and a showdown with Lonsdale titleholder Ted Cheeseman are both fights Fowler would welcome in a heartbeat, the 2016 Olympian reiterated his main objective - to become world champion.

Carl Frampton, Josh Taylor, George Groves and more recently Lawrence Okolie - who became cruiserweight world champion - have all been guided by McGuigan to world glory.

Based on his track record and coaching ability, the "Machine" believes he is in a great position to fulfil his ambition and doesn't want to waste any time getting there.

"I really enjoy working with Shane. He works you really hard but makes it fun at the same time," Fowler exclusively told Planet Sport.

"He's not always serious with you but the work always gets done.

"I want to fight Cheeseman and Fitzgerald next but by the look of things they don't want to fight me.

"Cheeseman has talked himself out of the fight and Fitzgerald says he is just not ready yet. I don't know who is next, but those are my two choices.

"I'm not too bothered now," Fowler said when asked about the prospect of never having the chance to avenge his sole defeat to Fitzgerald.

"I'm in boxing to get as far as I can and win a world title - it's always been my goal, right from the start. Beating him doesn't get me anywhere.

"It would be nice for my ego to beat him and get my revenge but in terms of ranking, he's got no titles and no rankings so it would be more of an ego fight now. If he doesn't want to fight me, I can't make him.

"He [Cheeseman] keeps saying, 'speak to my team' and he's just trying to hide behind his team or whether they have advised to fight me or not I don't know.

Anthony Fowler's current record is 14-1 and he is ranked inside the world's top 15 by the WBA, WBO and IBF
Anthony Fowler's current record is 14-1 and he is ranked inside the world's top 15 by the WBA, WBO and IBF

"He seems to be talking about fighting Fitzgerald - nobody wants to see Cheeseman against Fitzgerald, they want to see me there in with him. We're both in form, both fighting, and Fitzgerald has been out the ring for 18 months or so.

"I'd like to fight Cheeseman and go for the European straight after it. I think I'm at that level myself and Sergio Garcia is a good fighter but I don't think he is unbeatable. He's a good boxer but he lacks power.

"He's a little tricky and is awkward but he's not a world beater and isn't a world class fighter and I fancy my chances against him but it will be a hard fight of course," Fowler added.

Fowler open to Kelly clash

Surprised at the manner of Josh Kelly's defeat to David Avanesyan, it looks likely the Adam Booth-fighter will move up to 154-pounds - the same division as Fowler.

Asked about a possible domestic dust-up with "Pretty Boy Kelly", Fowler remains open to the possibility of taking on his former Team GB teammate, who got stopped in round six by Avanesyan in February.

"We were actually really good friends at one point but that's his business - we don't really speak any more. I would fight him. If the money was there and the crowd wanted it then I would fight him, no problem at all.

"I'd be really surprised if he wanted to fight someone like me straight away."

Charlo vs Castano could present title shot

Currently ranked inside the top 15 by the WBA, IBF and WBO, Fowler is also keeping an eye on the current champions at light middleweight.

Jermell Charlo is reportedly set to take on Brian Castano on July 17 in an undisputed showdown, according to Mike Coppinger.

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Fowler expects unified champion Charlo - if he wins - to vacate all four belts and move up to middleweight, a decision which could provide the 30-year-old an opportunity.

"It'll be a really hard fight but I think Charlo will come through it. If he wins that and has all the belts then he will want to move up to middleweight with his brother.

"I think some of the belts could potentially all free up soon. I'm in a decision position with three of the governing bodies. I'm number 11 with the WBO, WBA and 14 with the IBF.

"If I win my next few fights then you never know, I could be fighting for one of those vacant belts against one of the top contenders," Fowler concluded.