Fitzpatrick is one lightweight not avoiding Cully- Dragon proposes Feile showdown


Joe Fitzpatrick is more than willing to grant Gary Cully his Irish title challenge wish, but won’t accommodate the Kildare fighters Irish champion dream.

‘The Diva’ has long since bemoaned the fact he can’t tempt any Irish lightweight to trade leather with him and claimed it has ruined his Irish title dream.

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The Pete Taylor trained lightweight, who has the chance to make a break through when he fights Renald Garrido  in Belfast next month, has claimed all avenues were exhausted in terms of domestic opponents and honours to no avail.

However, the returning Fitzpatrick, who wasn’t afraid to call out stablemates in his MHD days, is adamant he is anything but wary of the freakishly framed southpaw and is more than willing to share a ring with the prospect.

‘The Dragon’ makes his long overdue return to the ring against Stephen Webb on the May 25 Celtic Clash 8 card and claims if Cully wants it he can have it straight after.

“The lightweight scene in Ireland is interesting at the minute and I am excited about being a part of it. Hopefully I get busy and get a title shot at the end of the year. I’d fight any of them,” Fitzpatrick told Irish-boxing.com.

“I think it’s shows a lot what (Webb) says about Gary Cully. He says Cully is the best lightweight in Ireland. He is a lightweight himself why the fuck would you say someone is the best in Ireland if you believed in yourself.

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“I’ll fight Gary Cully after May 25 if he wants. I have no problem with that. He says no one will fight him, but I am here to fight and I’d happily fight him. I’d fight anyone. Tell Gary to speak to my management if he wants it.”

If Cully manages to defeat tough French opposition on the undercard of Tyrone McKenna versus Darragh Foley he may feel he is beyond domestic fights, but he might be tempted by the card Commonwealth Games medalist – now signed to Boxing Ireland – suggests a potential meeting should play out on.

“There is a big show on in the Feile (Conlan versus Nikitin) hopefully I get on that and if Cully wants that’s not a problem,” he adds before suggesting he would defeat the avoided boxer.

“I am 100 percent the best lightweight in Ireland I don’t see anyone there to worry me.”

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: [email protected]