A year ago yesterday, Scott Fitzgerald scored an upset over Anthony Fowler in a meeting of British 154-pound prospects in Liverpool, taking a split decision thanks to a final round knockdown.
The two fighters both talked an intense game leading up to the bout, but it was Fitzgerald (14-0, 9 KO) who came out on top, a surprise to the majority, as Fowler (12-1, 9 KO) had been the more hyped prospect.
The 29-year-old Fowler has bounced back to win three straight fights since then, beating Brian Rose and Harry Scarff to close out 2019, and picking up an easy and ridiculous win over Theophilus Tetteh on Mar. 7 in Manchester.
Fitzgerald, 28, has fought just once since beating Fowler, scoring an October victory over Ted Cheeseman to lift the British title, a debatable victory.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has said repeatedly that we’ll see a Fitzgerald-Fowler rematch at some point in 2020; the initial plan was for a summer or early fall date, but with COVID-19 throwing the sport into disarray, it’s hard to tell at this point what anyone is really doing.
That said, it’s still on the minds of the fighters, with Fowler saying Fitzgerald will not repeat when they meet again:
Fitzgerald, for what it’s worth, also had a recent tweet about the fight (well, he’s had several, but this one stands out):
Well and truly fucked it the Muppet https://t.co/fBxfsAxrQS— Scott Fitzgerald (@Scottfitz91) March 27, 2020
Here’s looking forward to the rematch, whenever we get it. It was a hell of a fight the first time, and no reason to expect any different the second.