ANTHONY Fitzgerald’s pride was dented by a by now infamous Spike O’Sullivan uppercut in November as the Cork man settled Ireland’s biggest grudge match in emphatic fashion.
The Dubliner had called out called out the Cork man, promised to ‘bash him up’ and shared an ill tempered build up with his then fellow Irish middleweight, only to be stopped in round one of their eagerly anticipated contest.
It seemed a ‘get back in your box’ confidence draining moment, but Fitzgerald’s confidence is bullet proof never mind upper cut proof and he certainly won’t adopt a less controversial approach to the fight game.
He returns to action for the first time since that reverse, the seventh of his career, in Preston this coming weekend and is as abrasive as ever.
Whilst he took the ‘Spike’ defeat on the chin and wished the Cork middleweight well he warned any title light middleweight’s to watch out as he will be gunning for them at the new weight this coming year.
“The Spike fight is behind me now and took it on the chin and moved on. It never affected my confidence it was just a bad night at the office. I went the distance with Andy Lee, who is knocking everyone out at World level now, so I’d take more from that, than the Spike fight,” Fitzgerald told Irish-boxing.com.
“I am at light middleweight now and all the light middleweights should start worrying about me being down there with them. I know there is not a light middleweight that can trouble me. There wasn’t many middleweights that could and they’re all much bigger than me.”
It typical ‘Fitzy’, bold, ballsy and even brash. He knows he has to get a win under his belt against John Brennan first but if he wins in Evoque Nightclub, Church Street, Preston this Satruday to make a name for himself at light middleweight.
Indeed, the well supported Inner City Dub would welcome a clash with current Irish champ Dee Walsh and Oz based World rated Kildare native Dennis Hogan.
“I light middleweight is perfect for me. I will be too strong for anyone at that weight and too big. They wont be able to keep me off them. I am making the weight easy, sure i wasn’t far off it when i boxed Spike.
“The plan is to get this one out of the way first then start looking for titles. I would be more than happy to fight Dee and I already asked to fight Hogan so I would be interested, but i will wait and see what plans my manger has first.”