Thursday 21 September 2017

Underdog Anto Fitzgerald can cause upset in Barcelona

Eamon Carr

Having had three fights already this year, Dublin middleweight Anthony Fitzgerald hopes to finish 2013 with a bang when he meets the former WBO world champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in Barcelona tonight.

Fitzey’s Cameroon-born French opponent has had just one loss in 28 fights and has finished off 17 opponents with a knockout. Although he was offered the fight at short notice, the Pride of Dublin isn’t in Spain to make up the numbers.

In February, Fitzgerald gave stylish Kronk Gym pro Andy Lee a torrid time in Belfast. Afterwards, many observers tipped Fitzgerald to lift the vacant Irish middleweight title.

It didn’t happen. In July, Anto struggled against Eamonn O’Kane, a man with an impressive amateur record. Since then, Fitzgerald (28) has been quiet.

But courage is something Fitzgerald has in abundance. He’s the underdog tonight. Knowing how well he performed against the experienced Lee, and with Phil Sutcliffe in his corner, a committed Fitzgerald (14-5, 4 KOs) could cause a major upset tonight.

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