Anthony Fitzgerald claims nothing would give him more pleasure than ’bashing bum’ Ryan Clark, but declared it would be hypocritical of him to fight the English fighter for the Irish Masters title in Brighton on February 25.
Contrary to rumour ‘The Pride’ has not agreed to fight the journey man, indeed he revealed he refuses to trade leather with the fighter he shares bad blood with.
The WBA world top 15 ranked middleweight claims sharing the ring with a pugilist that can only boast two win in over 50 fights would prove a step back and goes against all he has set out to achieve in 2012. As a result the pairs fued will remain verbal and out of the ring.
Fitzgerald vacated his Irish super middleweight title in a bid to move onto European and World level. He feels taking an Irish Masters title fight would prove disrespectful to the Irish title and believes fighting Clark wouldn’t help his career.
Clark previously told www.irish-boxing.com that his record makes for misleading reading and that if he secureda clash with the EBA Middleweight champion he would train full time for it. The 22 fighter claims he didn’t train for the majority of his 54 fights and stressed all his talent would be on display against the inner City Dub.
Fitzgerald however isn’t interested and wants to fight the likes of Carl Dilks, John Harrison or Luke Robinson on the Hove Card.
“Ryan Clark has over 50 fights and won two. Why would I be looking to fight him? He is a bum. True we don’t get on and I would love to bash him up, but it would prove pointless in terms of my career. I want a test on February 25. I want a name that will get me recognition and will move me along.” Fitzgerlad told www.irish-boxing.com.
“Clark hasn’t earned the right to be in the ring with me. I have worked my way up the ladder and I don’t want to look down. I turned down the Clark fight and asked them to get me Dilks, Harrison or the like. I am not sure about fighting for the Irish Masters title. I vacated the Irish title to let JJ McDonagh fight for it on the same card and I don’t want to disrespect that title by then fighting for the Irish Masters title.”