by Jonny Stapleton
Anthony Fitzgerald will end a frustrating boxing sabbatical when he re enters the ring for the first time in eleven months in Sussex on February 25.
2011 proved bitter sweet for the Irish middleweight. He registered a career best win back in March becoming the first man to stop Affif Belghecham en route to claiming the EBA European middleweight title, but then failed to kick on as he career stagnated.
Despite a WBA top ten ranking and the fact he called out more people than a wild west cow boy the inner City Dub’ could secure a match up.
The New Year has brought with it good news, however and ‘The Pride’ claims he is on the path to boxing glory. Fitzgerald believes the only thing 2012 will have in common with last year is a Spring victory.
The WBF intercontinental champion plans to win his eight round clash in the Town Hall, Hove in late February before actively seeking big named fighters.
“I am delighted to have a fight and a date to focus on. I am already in the gym and sparring and I couldn’t be happier. I am not sure who the opponent is of yet. I would like a name to help me raise the profile and I enjoy a test, but I will fight whoever they put in front of me,” Fitzgerald explained.
“2012 is going to be a big year for me. I am going to keep busy and I am going to target big fights. I don’t care if they are at world level or European level, I will fight anyone out there.”
In other Irish related February 25 news, Fitzgerald has decided to vacate his Irish super-middleweight title. The move paves the way for JJ McDonagh to fight for the green strap on the same show.