‘Machine’ Joe Fitzpatrick promises well-oiled performance at the Féile

Belfast lightweight, Joe Fitzpatrick, is aiming to put on an impressive performance at the Féile an Phobail on Saturday. The 20 year old southpaw faces Hungary’s Zoltan Horvath over four rounds in his second professional outing.

Fans may remember Horvath as the man who took Daniel McShane’s ‘0’ back in March after McShane dislocated his shoulder.

Speaking to the Belfast Newsletter, the Divis youngster explained that he is excited to put on a show at the Falls Park festival, noting that “I have sold loads of tickets, so I will want to win and impress the people that are coming to watch me.”

‘The Dragon,’ who recently signed a promotional deal with Frank Warren, has big plans for the future, claiming that “I am taking it one fight at a time – but I want to be fighting for major titles within two years.”

“The aim at the minute is to keep on winning and move up the rankings as quickly as possible.”

Ahead of the bout, the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medalist revealed that he has upped his training since turning over, stating that “I am enjoying life as a professional and I am more dedicated than before. I have been training twice a day, seven days a week, for the last five weeks.”

“I am in great shape and people are going to see a machine on Saturday night.”

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