Anthony Fitzgerald takes defeats on the chin better than Wayne McCullough did punches.
‘The Pride’ is definitely a ‘records are for DJ’s’ advocate, and despite a surprise defeat to the unheralded Adam Jones last weekend, the Dubliner remains somewhat upbeat.
Jones came to the ring with just four wins from 18 fights, and was meant to provide a warm-up for a ‘big fight’ in November, but the Englishman upset the apple factory, never mind the apple cart, by outpointing ‘The Pride.’
Jones claimed a 59-56 victory over the former Irish champion, but Fitzgerald indicates his lack of composure, rather than his opponents abilities, was the main factor of the Holte Suite defeat.
“I lost the head and I let the ref get in on me, but that’s boxing. I am in the game long enough to know you can’t be losing your head. I can only blame myself, it is my fault. All I can do is put it behind me and get on with it now,” Fitzgerald told irish-boxing.com.
The inner city puncher has tasted defeat previously, losing on seven occasions prior to Saturday. Indeed he lost two of his opening three contests, one a knock-out defeat to journeyman opposition, but bounced back to secure domestic titles and bouts with the likes of current WBO middleweight champions of the World Andy Lee and two time World title challenger Hassan N’Dam.
The 30 year old MGM pro knows this fight might prove a setback, but is still hopeful he can secure big fights and wins before the year is out, reasoning that “I just have to get on with it. There is no two ways about it. I still hope to have a few big fights before the end of the Year.”