Eye catching Fitzpatrick stops Horvath in four

Photo by Kevin Scott

JOE Fitzpatrick caught the eye weighing in a mankini on Friday and followed it up with an equally eye catching performance at the Feile Fight Night.

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The Belfast 20 year old opened the show in style – stopping experienced and tough journey man Zoltan Horvath.

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‘The Dragon’ got revenge for promotional stable-mate Daniel McShane, who lost to the fighter whose heart is bigger than his tiny frame.

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It wasn’t quite the stoppage that was impressive, but the manner in which the latest Mac Man out boxed the renowned spoiler.

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Horvath, who had former Paul McCloskey opponent Guessipi Lauri in his corner, didn’t trouble the likes of Paul Hyland, but did prevent the lightweight prospect from sparkling.

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It wasn’t just Fitzpatrick’s bling shorts that was sparkling in the big tent. The young prospect looked the part in his opening clash.

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Right from the off Fitzpatrick looked assured, relaxed, and confident. He found a home for the uppercut, picked his shots cleverly, and seemed to hurt the Hungarian bruiser.

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The second followed the same pattern, and the man known to Belfast fight fans as ‘that wee hard man’ showed pain on his face for the first time in his multiple trips to the city. He took a series of well timed and placed shots from a fighter that has a ring maturity that belies his age.

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The Hungarian managed to spoil somewhat in the third showing why he has only been stopped twice in 37 fights.

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Fitzpatrick opened up in the last round looking for his second successive stoppage, but Horvath bit down on his gum shield and survived the flurry.

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However, just when even the sizeable Fitzpatrick crowd were secretly willing Horvath’s bravery to be rewarded by making the final bell, the home fighter landed another clean combination forcing referee John Lowey to jump in

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