Sunday 22 October 2017

Pride of Dublin Anthony Fitzgerald is ready for Belfast

Anthony Fitzgerald in action against Andy Lee
Anthony Fitzgerald in action against Andy Lee

ANTHONY FITZGERALD lost an Irish middleweight title fight to Eamonn O’Kane last July but the Pride of Dublin is again primed for action.

“I want to get back where I belong, ” says Fitzgerald from his training camp in Marbella.

“I’m excited about fighting in Belfast on June 14. “I’m rearing to go .” With 14 wins in 21 fights, Fitzgerald’s fans cite his blistering 10 rounds with Andy Lee as proof of the Dubliner’s resilient spirit.

Working with coach Seamus Macklin has sharpened things up , Fitzgerald claims. “Seamus has been around the world with his brother Matthew and he’ s studied the methods of a lot of top coaches he’ s work ed with. I aim to make a statement in Belfast.”

SEAN TURNER RETURNS FROM STABBING ORDEAL

FIVE months ago Sean Turner lay in casualty , the victim of a shocking stabbing incident that resulted in the death of his close friend David Spain.

Today, the former Irish amateur super-heavyweight champion is in France preparing for his professional debut in Belfast on June 14.

“I’m sparring with Gary Hyde’ s WBA cruiserweight prospect Youri Kalenga, ” says Sean. “But my focus is on my pro debut. It ’s a fight I have to win and thankfully I’m in the best shape I’v e ever been in. ”

Formerly with Drimnagh BC, Turner, aka Big Sexy , is coached by Panamanian legend Oscar Checca.

“We’v e been working hard on a number of things, ” says Sean. “Primarily speed and technique , as well as increasing my power. ”

A one-time member of the LA Matadors, the 22- year old adds, “It doesn’t matter who my opponent is, I have to win this one .”

Expect Big Sexy to rock Belfast.

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