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Fitzgerald: I just want to remind everyone I want Jones v Rose winner

HE said once he had made a successful move to light middleweight no 154lbs puncher of note would be safe from the infamous ‘Anthony Fitzgerald call out’.

However, rather than cast the net far and wide and name drop a host of recognised light middle names the former Irish super middleweight champion has set his sights on two that will become one on August 1.

‘The Pride’ is adamant he wants the winner of Brian Rose versus Carson Jones, which plays out on the Sky Sports broadcast bill in Hull next week.

The 30 year old made it clear he wanted the victor after he registered his first official win at light middleweight in the National Stadium last month, but wanted to remind all involved both remain on his hit list.

“I know I have said it before, but I really want the winner of Rose v Jones. We nearly had the Rose fight before I lost to Spike. He has lost to Jones and is rebuilding too, so it makes sense. An Ireland versus England battle. If Rose wins in Hull I hope he isn’t afraid to take it,” Fitzgerald told Irish-boxing.com.

‘Fitzy’ made it two wins from two when he defeated Kieron Gray on the Boxnation broadcast National Stadium July 4 show. The inner city ticket seller wasn’t at his best that night, with some suggesting he is a levels fighter, raising and lowering his game to the level of his opponent. Fitzgerald, however claims there were reasons he didn’t excite last time out.

“I don’t like to make excuses, but I had a big break in between my last camp. I trained hard either side of the break, but when I look back it wasn’t ideal. I wasn’t happy with my performance, but I got the win. If I got Rose or Jones you can be guaranteed you would get the Anthony Fitzgerald that fought Andy Lee. Would either be able to live with that?”


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