Dunlop is afraid to put Walsh in the ring with me, says Fitzgerald

ANTHONY Fitzgerald says Mark Dunlop is afraid to let Irish Champion Dee Walsh defend his domestic strap against him.

The former super middleweight champion of Ireland, isn’t particularly looking for a ‘Waldo’ clash, claiming he would like an Inter-continental or European title fight next. However, in typical ‘Fitzy’ fashion he has taken exception to something said by the Belfast promoter and said he would gladly ‘beat up’ his man next.

When asked about the possibility of pairing  the talented Walsh with the tough Fitzgerald on the Irish Boxing Forum, Dunlop expressed his respect for the Dub, but queried whether  ‘The Pride’ had actually ever weighed in at light middle. To most it would seem a reasonable query, but for Fitzgerald those are fighting words.

“The fight with John Brennan wasn’t a title fight that’s why I was able to come in above light middle. You can tell Dunlop I’m light middle now and I am staying at that weight. As I said before people at this weight will be afraid of me. Lets see if he has the balls to put Dee in with me, I bet he doesn’t because he knows I would beat him. I am hoping for a title shot next, I would prefer a European or Intercontinental shot, win a title that can boost my rankings, but I wouldn’t say no to an Irish title fight,” Fitzgerald told

Fitzgerald was speaking not long after he had put his defeat to Gary O’Sullivan behind him with a six round points win in Preston. The MGM puncher claims he was happy to get the rounds in against John Brennan.

“It was good to get back into the ring and to get back wining. I was happy with the way I boxed and happy to get the six rounds in. Again I hope to get a title fight next time out, that’s my plan, but I will wait and see what my team have in place for me.”


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