Anthony Fitzgerald has told Irish-Boxing.com exclusively that he fears no-one and that come May 5thhe will be the first ever All Irish Prizefighter Champion.
Fitzgerald heads into the tournament on the Paul McCloskey undercard as one of the big guns and no doubt the other seven boxers will be eager to take such a big scalp early.
However, Fitzgerald says he’s not worried about the others and his self-belief will win him the tournament and the£32,000 cheque.
“I don’t think I have got a big challenger in there, but I know for sure it will be a tough night of boxing for me. I’m confident though.”
Fitzgerald’s statement will come as a surprise to many, following Joe Rea’s interview with us last week in which he made it clear that he believes it will be his name on the trophy in May.
Possibly mind games from Fitzgerald as there are some interesting fighters involved in the tournament.
‘The Pride’ and Rea will have to be at the top of their game on the night to ensure either a victory, and they won’t have it all their own way.
The Dublin boxer has begun training recently and he told us it was shaping up nicely for him as he seeks Prizefighter glory.
“Training has been going great, I’m in terrific shape and the training I’m doing will ensure I have the best chance of victory in May.”
The EBA middleweight champ knows good training may be the key to winning such an unorthodox competition as the action will be relentless compared to a one-off 12 rounder.
However, he says that whilst Prizefighter could be the key to bigger nights in his career, he has not dared look past May as he has never been one for counting his chickens.
“I never look past a fight; I am solely focused on Prizefighter. I love the hype around the upcoming fight. It helps me train more as I know what victory could mean.”
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