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Saturday 19 August 2017

Fitzgerald fighting fit

After that knock-out, the Dub's back at light middle

Any fighter can look good in victory. It takes a big man to handle defeat.

When Anthony Fitzgerald knocked on the door of Gary O'Sullivan's dressing-room in November after being sensationally starched in the first round, the Dubliner showed the stuff he's made off.

Pre-fight trash-talk forgotten, Fitzy was there to acknowledge the result like a true warrior. "Good shot," he said to O'Sullivan. "Well done, pal."

In two weeks' time, when Fitzy steps into the ring in Preston, he'll be fighting at light middleweight. Super welterweight, as it's also called.

"I'm really strong at light middle," he says.

"The training has been going really great and I'm looking forward to the fight."

Fitzgerald is getting good sparring at the Macklin Gym in Marbella.

"I've been sparring Joe Selkirk and John Thain," he reveals.

"And I've been training alongside the new MGM signing Jamie Conlan. He's a sound fella and a great boxer. A really good signing for MGM."

Fitzgerald's opponent in Preston will be John Brennan (29) whose record of 4-2-1, 2 KOs, doesn't faze the Dubliner. At the same age, Fitzgerald (16-7, 4 KOs) has over three times the experience. He's planning a winning performance on March 28 and will then be targeting the Irish title held by Dee Walsh (10-0).

"I don't think anyone will be able to handle me at this weight," says Anto confidently.

Proving he holds no grudges, Anto adds: "I wish Spike all the best in New York tonight. I really hope he goes on to big things."

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