ANYHONY Fitzgerald is looking for a tough challenge when he returns to Dublin on July 4.
‘The Pride’ certainly isn’t afraid of a challenge and has tested himself against Andy Lee and Hassan N’Dam in the past. However, there were suggestions after a stoppage defeat to Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan in Dublin last November that the 30 year old might be best served stringing some victories together before seeking out any tests.
Fitzgerald certainly doesn’t share that view point and he is looking for an opponent that will test him at light middleweight and move him toward a title shot.
No opponent has confirmed for the National Stadium hosted Boxnation broadcast July 4 show, but ‘Fitzy’ is keen not to face journey man opposition.
“At this stage of my career I want to be fighting good opponents. I want a challenge on July 4 a fighter that will come give it a go and fight. I also want someone who can help me move up the light middleweight rankings,” Fitzgerald told Irish-boxing.com.
“I want to fight for the EU title or an Intercontinental title in my next fight, that’s the plan and there are opponents out there that can help me secure those fights.”
Since his reverse to Cork rival ‘Spike’ the ticket selling Dub registered a win on the road and he is delighted to be returning home on July 4.
“It is great to be back in Dublin, I bring a crowd to all my fights, but the bouts in Dublin are always well supported. Fighting in the Stadium is like fighting in my back yard and I am looking forward to fighting in front of my fans and showing the TV audience what I can do.”
Fitzgerald fights on the undercard of MGM stable mate Jamie Conlan’s WBO European flyweight title defence and claims he has been impressed since the Belfast puncher joined the team.
“Jamie has fitted in well and looks impressive. I think you can expect big things from him.”