Fitzgerald a brick wall wouldn’t keep me off Joe Rea
By Jonny Stapleton
A BRICK wall and not a flimsy fence will be needed to keep Anthony Fitzgerald off Joe Rea if the pair ever come in contact, according to the Dublin middleweight.
Forget about David Haye and Derek Chicora ‘The Pride’ claims there is real bad blood between the Irish duo.
Belfast’s Rea and inner city Dub’ Fitzgerald haven’t gone the route of the British heavyweights and avoided sharing blows out side the ring. Fitzgerald is keen to keep it that way, but is so desperate to get his hands on the Ballymena man he wants a bout between the pair made as soon as possible.
The pair have had a bout of verbal sparring over the last six months and as a result created an eagerly anticipated grudge match.
Indeed promoter Eddie Hearn is as keen to the fight as any Irish fan and promised to put it on his bumper September 22 show. The Matchroom boss lit up when discussing the possibility of the Irish derby at the press conference to announce Carl Frampton and Kiko Martinez’s upcoming bout, but EBA Champ Fitzgerald claims he has yet to receive any contact from Sky Sports main boxing man.
“I want Sherk badly and there will be no fairy tale ending for ugly kid Joe,” Fitzgerald told Irish-boxing.com.
“Never mind all that between David Haye and Chisora this is real bad blood. We both want to beat each other up, unfortunately for him he hasn’t the skills or the power to do any damage to me. Unfortunately for me the fight hasn’t been made yet. I wouldn’t disrespect boxing or my coaching team and family by doing what Haye and Chisora did in Germany, but I feel like a brick wall wouldn’t keep me off Joe. I want to do it right and beat him in the ring in front of all my fans. I am telling Joe now I will fight him, believe me I would love nothing better. So he needs to stop calling me out and get a contract sorted. It is not about the money for me. I just want to beat up Joe Rea,” Fitzgerald added before stressing Hearn hasn’t been in touch.
“I keep hearing Eddie Hearn wants to see this fight more than any Irish fan, but he hasn’t been in touch. That doesn’t mean me and Joe couldn’t fight on another card.”