Anthony Fowler hopes to show he is ready to go for gold in Rio in his first WSB contest this year on Thursday night.

The British Lionhearts’ make their first home appearance of the season when they take on the Mexico Guerreros at York Hall, Bethnal Green which can be seen live on BoxNation.

Liverpool’s Fowler faces old rival Misael Rodriguez as the Lionhearts bid to maintain their unbeaten start to the 2016 season after wins on the road against USA Knockouts and the Morocco Atlas Lions.

Fowler, 24, won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and World Championship bronze in 2013.

Anthony Fowler

The middleweight was hit by injury in 2015, but if he stays fit and qualifies he’ll be a serious gold medal prospect at the Olympics in August.

“I picked-up a cut in my first bout last year and because the fixtures in WSB are every two weeks, it meant I could not spar in-between matches and that held me back,” explained Fowler.

“I still won most of my matches but did lose a couple and felt that overall I was not boxing particularly well or improving as much as I should as I could not do any sparring in the gym.

“Since I got over all of the injuries things have been going much better in the gym and I have been able to work on my faults and correct some of the mistakes I was making last year.

“It should all stand me in good stead for this year’s WSB and then on to the Olympic qualifiers in April and May.”

A good performance this week will be a great boost for Fowler who has always enjoyed boxing in the five-round format at York Hall.

“I like the WSB matches with the ring walk and the crowds and competing in such a great venue as York Hall,” he explained.

The rest of the Lionhearts team includes 2015 European Championship silver medallist, Pat McCormack, at light-welterweight and 2015 European Championship and 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Qais Ashfaq, at bantamweight.

They will be joined by WSB debutant, Galal Yafai at light-flyweight and heavyweight, Lawrence Okolie, who will be boxing in front of his hometown crowd.  All five boxers are part of GB Boxing’s World Class Performance Programme based at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield.

Fowler added: “As part of the GB Boxing squad we mainly box overseas so WSB is one of the few times that our family and friends are able to watch us compete.

“I have got quite a few people coming to watch me on Thursday so hopefully me and the rest of the team will put in a good performance and maintain our winning start to the season.”