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‘Risks have to be taken’ – Mathew Fitzsimons confirms 50/50 TV clash

Mathew Fitzsimons [5(2)-1(1)] seems to be have been handed a massive breakthrough fight.

The Belfast super featherweight took to social media today to confirmed he has accepted an offer to fight live on BT Sports.

The 23-year-old revealed he will compete in a 50/50 clash in London and will fight for a second time this year in July.

“Offered and accepted a 50/50 fight in London, July… live on BT sports,” confirmed Fitzsimons.

‘Thunder’ is only six fights into his career and possibly would have liked a few more learning fights before stepping up, but with the current situation and a rarity of small hall shows, he feels he can’t afford to turn down the opportunity.

“[I] can’t let the year pass by waiting for small hall shows to start again! Risks have to be taken.”

Fitzsimons doesn’t confirm who is it to fight, but it’s safe to assume he has agreed to fight a Frank Warren prospect in and around the weight.

Unlike Eddie Hearn or MTK, Warren hasn’t leaked any possible return dates or venues, but considering the show is on BT it must be a behind closed doors Queensbury show.

When you take into account the British Boxing Board of Control will only allow five fights per card promoters are expected to put on competitive bouts, which suggests Fitzsimons should be trading leather with somewhat of a name.

It’s unlikely the tall for the weight fighter will fight the likes of further down the road names like Sam Bowen, Leon Woodstock, Archie Sharp or even Anthony Cacace.

One of Warren’s newer signings seems more likely. At super featherweight you have the likes of Andrew Cain, Nick Ball and Ryan Garner or at lightweight Fitzsimons may have agreed to fight Sam Noakes, Mark Chamberlain or Muhammad Bilal Ali.

Fitzsimons suffered surprise defeat to Taka Bembere in the summer of 2018, but goes into a potentially career boosting fight on the back of two wins.

Photo Credit Riccardo Guglielminotti @FightingIrish

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 sports for a living for over 20 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: editoririshboxing@gmail.com