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Joe Fitzpatrick eyes Belfast Boxnation show and wants a tough fight

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Belfast youngster Joe Fitzpatrick [5(4)-0] is training hard and hoping for a fight next month.

The Divis lightweight is eyeing a spot on the Jamie Conlan-headliner ‘Homecoming’ card at the Titanic Exhibition Centre on Saturday November 5th. Promoted by Frank Warren, a slot on the bill seems to make sense, and ‘The Dragon’ told Irish-Boxing.com that “the Jamie Conlan show, that looks good, I’d love to be on that.”

“I’ve been training the last six weeks so I’ll be ready for anything coming up.”

If the 21 year old Commonwealth silver medalist does secure a spot on the card, he wants a challenging fight. So far in 2016 his two fights have been polar opposites. In February he needed less than a minute to dispose of Ruslans Berdimuradovs, who seemingly went down at the first sign of pressure. In June however he was given a real test by the hugely-dangerous Jordan Ellison, being dropped in the second but fighting back to grab the win.

Just this weekend, Ellison took on George Jupp over eight rounds and was unlucky to lose after a close eight rounds against the former WBO interim title challenger and British title hopeful/

Recalling his clash with Ellison, Fitzpatrick admitted that “it was a tough fight, I was down in the second round so I had to dig deep in the third and fourth, do damage, and get the win so I’m still undefeated.”

While some would have had their confidence dented, Fitzpatrick was delighted with the test and explained how “that’s what I want though, tough fights, you learn more from the tougher opponents.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie