Joe Fitzpatrick – “Hopefully this year is a better year for me and I get titles”

Joe Fitzpatrick successfully went six for the first time in his career last night and now he is ready to kick on .

The Dragon easily outpointed the awkward and negative Tamas Laska to move to 7(4)-0 on the MHD Promotions ‘Inquisition’ dinner show at the Europa Hotel in Belfast.

Fitzpatrick was in cruise control throughout as he entered uncharted territory. Now the Divis lightweight is keen to push on in 2017.

Speaking immediately after the fight, the 22 year old described how “I felt good in there. The last two rounds I just took it easy, I didn’t put the most effort in as I just wanted to get the rounds under my belt. It was great to get those six rounds. I hurt my hand there a wee but, but hopefully it’s not too bad.”

“I thought I boxed alright for my first six-rounder. I thought I was fit enough. Just get another couple of six-rounders under my belt and then I will be flying.”

The ambitious southpaw wants to be fighting for titles by the end of 2017 – and has one belt in particular in particular. He said that “hopefully I’ll be flying this year and get more fights under my belt. By the end of the year I want to fight for the Irish title because I don’t think there is anyone in Ireland who can beat me. Hopefully this year is a better year for me and I get titles – the Irish title by the end of 2017, I don’t care who I fight for it.”

In addition Fitzpatrick, who is promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions, also wants to make is televised debut – especially considering Warren’s recent link up with BT Sport that will lead to 30 shows in Ireland and Britain being broadcast this year.

Fitzpatrick explained that “Mark [Dunlop, manager] has been talking to him [Warren] more than I have so hopefully I get out with him more this year and hopefully I will be boxing on Boxnation more over the next couple of months. There should be a lot more shows on [due to BT Sport link-up] so hopefully they will have me on.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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