9 February 2011 – Jonny Stapleton
Irish Champion of the Year Anthony Fitzgerald has unfinished domestic business according to serial foe Robbie Long.
Recently crowned WBF Intercontinental Champion Fitzgerald believes he has outgrown the domestic scene and has targeted a bout with Andy Lee and a move to the next level in 2011.
Indeed the Dub is rumoured to be on the verge of a EBA title shot with the likes of former Andy Lee and Darren Barker opponent Affif Belghecham named as potential opposition.
However, King Long , who was Irish super middleweight champ Fitzgeralds foe in one of greatest ever Irish boxing trilogies, claims Fitzgerald can not progress to the next level without giving him the chance to level the fight scores.
The Paddy Hyland trained fighter wants a fourth instalment of the two time Irish fight of the year and wants to challenge The Pride for the Irish middleweight title on March 19.
Speaking to www.irish-boxing.com after his entertaining January 30 win over James Tucker, Long called the fighter, who has previously been attacked for his own calls out.
I want another fight with Anthony Fitzgerald. I will drop down to middleweight to fight him. He is out on the 19 March and I would love to challenge him for the middleweight title on that show. I am not finished with Anthony Fitzgerald yet, he has been talking about moving away from the Irish scene but he has to prove he is the best in Ireland before he can do that., Long claimed before reflecting on his most recent win.
I am delighted to start the year with a win. I could have been a little better though. I got a little excited and kept coming in with my hands down, but it was only my eighth pro fight and I will learn from that and move on. It was an entertaining fight. If you come to fight like James did you get a fight of me. I done my knuckle on left hand in the second round adrenaline carried me through and I am happy with the win.