Anthony Fowler Joins Shane McGuigan After Coldwell Split

Anthony Fowler has made a decision regarding his new coach.

The 28-year-old Liverpudlian had been with Rotherham-based former fighter Dave Coldwell since turning professional back in 2017 before revealing their split earlier this month.

Fowler, who competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, made his debut on the undercard of Errol Spence Jr.’s dethroning of then-IBF world welterweight king Kell Brook at Bramall Lane, the home of Sheffield United Football Club.

He raced to 9-0 with all but one quick before running into fellow 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Scott Fitzgerald. The Preston man inflicted ‘The Machine’s’ first paid defeat, at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, and it’s a wrong that Fowler is itching to put right later this year.

Should the rematch be made, though, by the promoter of the pair, Eddie Hearn, it will be a clash Fowler will go into without Coldwell — who led him to two title-winning comeback victories against Brian Rose and Harry Scarff respectively — after he disclosed his new link-up.

Fowler will now be trained and managed by Shane McGuigan in Battersea, London, where he will team up with fellow former Team GB members Luke Campbell and Lawrence Okolie as well as current Commonwealth cruiserweight champion Chris Billam-Smith.

“I’m pleased to announce that I’ll now be trained by world-class coach Shane McGuigan,” Fowler posted on social media. “I’m looking to get four wins under my belt this year and I’m really excited for this new journey ahead.”

McGuigan, who has recently seen current WBA Super, IBF and Ring Magazine world super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor leave his stable after inking a promotional contract with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. and an advisory deal with MTK Global –– resulting in a dispute with Cyclone Promotions –– had his say on the partnership with Fowler.

“I am happy to announce that I will now be training & managing the career of Anthony Fowler,” he said. “Big things to come.”

Details regarding the first fight of Fowler’s under the tutelage of McGuigan will be revealed in due course.