13 July 2010 – Cormac Campbell
Perennial Irish title contender Ciaran Healy has called on super-middleweight champion Anthony Fitzgerald to face him in a rematch.
Fitzgerald is in action at Citywest on August 7 against an as of yet unknown opponent and Belfasts Healy, who dropped a points decision to the Dubliner in February of this year believes he should be afforded a rematch.
Last time we fought I only had three days notice, he said.
But I didnt think that much of Fitzgerald. I think I could beat him if we met again.
Healys argument that he would go one better against Fitzgerald with longer preparation was reinforced when he overcame 9-0 prospect Harry Matthews at the Kings Hall in June.
I was well prepared for the last fight at the Kings Hall and it showed. They (Fitzgeralds promoters Dolphil) have a bill on August 7 and he hasnt been matched yet I would be ready, willing and able to take him on.
Despite sporting a modest record of 11-15-1 (2KO), Healy has taken on names such as Anthony Small, Matthew Hall, Paul Smith and James DeGale as well as domestic foes Jason McKay, Andy Lee, Jamie Moore, John Waldron, Fitzgerald and Gary OSullivan.
Healy met OSullivan in an Irish middleweight title clash in December 2009, with the Corkman claiming a points victory. As in the case of Fitzgerald, Healy would welcome a rematch with the man known as Spike however he doesnt think it is a bout that can be made.
Im happy to fight at middle or super-middleweight but Spike is a natural light-middle so I dont see that fight happening again as I dont think I could get down that low. When we fought I left it a little late to start pushing him. I wish Id gone for it earlier.
For his part, Fitzgerald has rubbished Healys challenge by claiming that hell beat him again if it happens.
“If Dolphil want to put on the fight, grand Ill blow him away, he said.