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Fitzy all fired-upfor homecoming

ANYONE who watched Anthony Fitzgerald give Andy Lee a torrid time in Belfast last year knows that the Dublin middleweight can be a vicious and dogged opponent.

Fitzgerald's (16-6, 4 KOs) grudge meeting with Gary O'Sullivan (17-1, 10 KOs) on August 30 has the Dubliner focused like never before.

"I wanted this fight when he had the middleweight title," explains Fitzy.

"But he wouldn't fight me. That's how this (animosity) started."

Fitzgerald lost his Irish title fight with Eamonn O'Kane last summer but with a new management and coaching set-up, and a couple of wins under his belt, he's anxious to prove he's on the way up.

"There's a big change in me," he insists. After Wednesday's press conference for the Mack the Knife show at the National Stadium on August 30, Fitzgerald revealed: "I'm walking around at my weight and my boxing is much better."

Being coached at Macklin's Gym in Marbella by Seamus Macklin, Fitzgerald says, "I've come on loads. If I boxed Any Lee now, I'd beat him."


The O'Sullivan camp is confident the Cork man will win this one. Fitzgerald disagrees. "He can't beat me," he says. "He's a one-trick pony."

Fitzgerald has had eight fights on the road since he last fought in Dublin in 2011.

"It's been too long," says Fitzgerald.

"I can't wait to box in front of my home crowd.

"They've given me great support, travelling to my fights. I'll show them how much I've improved by boxing the ears off him."