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Anthony Fitzgerald calls on Eddie Hearn to ensure a fight with Spike O’Sullivan happens

ANTHONY Fitzgerald is more determined than ever to trade leather with fellow Irish middleweight Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan and called on Eddie Hearn to remake the match up when he comes to Dublin later in the year.

It seemed Irish fight fans were finally going to be afforded the opportunity to see a fight they had been craving when the Dublin and Cork punchers had agreed to fight on the August 30 Return of the Mack card.

The card, however fell through after headliner Matthew Macklin’s coach Jamie Moore was injured and the grudge match has once again failed to materialise.

Hearn has said that the card is postponed and not cancelled and Fitzgerald is hopeful the Matchroom boss will remake the domestic derby on a show likely to play out in November.

The Dubliner, who revealed he was so excited about the grudge match that he got himself into career best shape, stressed the fight is worthy of Sky and is one that fans are eager to see.

“I am very disappointed. I was really looking forward to beating Spike on such a big card, but that’s boxing,” Fitzgerald told Irish-boxing.com.

“Matthew did the right thing in pulling out. We are all a big family in the MGM and everyone was shocked and upset. Every fight is massive for him now so he has to make sure he is 100 percent going into each fight,” he added.

“What makes it that little more disappointing is that I was in great shape. My preparations were perfect and I was in the best shape I have ever been. I was on course to win a fight my supporters have been wanting to win for years now.

“I hope Eddie makes it happen again. The reaction the fight got and the interest in it shows just how big a fight it is. It deserves to be on Sky and hopefully it will be made again.”

The MGM fighter hasn’t a new date lined up, but he does return training this week in Dublin and will return to Spain once he has a new opponent lined up.

“I have a week off now, so I will just get back training here in Dublin until I get a date sorted. I want to apoligies to all the fans who bought tickets and were looking forward to coming to the show. The support was great as usual. I also want wish Jaime a full recovery.”


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