Fitzgerald rust free and ready for Prizefighter

By Jonny Stapleton

EBA middleweight champion Anthony Fitzgerald believes he is rust free and ready to transform his career with victory in the Irish Prizefighter having beaten Alexey Ribchev in Hove on Saturday.

It certainly wasn’t a holiday in Brighton for ’The Pride’, but he believes he beat the fighter who holds a reverse over former British and Commonwealth champ  Matthew Hall, by a lot more than a single point margin.

Fitzgerald was happy with the win and his performance, but was not content with the treatment he received in the holiday destination.

The WBA top 15 fighter claims calls for him to weigh in an hour before his fight proved a hindrance and he certainly wasn’t happy with the referee’s scoring.

The inner city Dub ended a frustrating period of inactivity with career win 13 and is looking to add three more victories to his slate in the All Ireland Prizefighter set for Belfast on May 5.

“All credit to Ribchev. He was tough and took some great shots” Fitzgerald told Mirror Sport. “He just kept coming. He is a good fighter and he put up a good show, but I gave him a boxing lesson for six rounds. I couldn’t believe the ref’s scorecard. Things went a bit pear shaped and their was some trouble with the promoter as soon as I arrived, but I got the win and I am grateful to Assassin Promotions  for getting me a fight. Now I am just focused on Prizefighter and winning that tournament. I can’t wait.”

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