Fitzy all set to fulfil childhood ambition

Scott Fitzgerald will realise a childhood dream when he boxes at the iconic Guild Hall in his home city of Preston later this month.

The 25-year-old star will be the headline act on the show which takes place on Saturday, March 11.

Billed as ‘The Homecoming’ – it will be the first time Fitzgerald has fought on home soil since gloriously winning gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.

And boasting a formidable and growing fan-base, the Jennings Gym-trained star can look forward to a packed-out Guild Hall for his sixth professional fight.

“When I was 13 or 14-years old before I started boxing myself, I remember going to watch some of the shows that they used to hold at the Guild Hall,” said Fitzgerald, who has yet to discover the identity of his opponent.

“Even if they were just amateur events, I always remember them being really good shows with great atmospheres.

“They then stopped holding boxing shows at the Guild Hall for a while, so it’s special for me to be given the chance to top the bill there as a professional.

“We’ve sold quite a lot of tickets – it’s going to be packed out.

“It’s going to be great to box in front of a home crowd and so many friends and family.”

Fitzgerald was ringside at the Guild Hall in January for the middleweight showdown between Preston’s Mick Hall and Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield and he was impressed with the set-up.

“I was at the Arnfield-versus-Hall fight the other week and I thought it was a great atmosphere,” he said.

“I really enjoyed it and hopefully it will be like that when I fight there.

“It’a a great venue for boxing – nice and intimate – so I am really buzzing about it, I can’t wait to get going now.”

Since turning pro at the back end of 2015, Fitzgerald has won all five of his fights in the paid ranks.

However, his lasting outing against Adam Jones at the Liverpool Arena was far from straightforward after he was sent to the canvas in the third round before eventually securing victory.

“I wouldn’t say I was pleased with my performance, but I was happy to get through the fight,” said Fitzgerald. “It was the kick up the backside that I needed.

“It made me realise that everybody has got two arms and two legs and can have a go.

“Looking back at the fight, I still won every round apart from the one that I got put down in.”

Also appearing on the bill at the Guild Hall is a host of local talent, including Ben Swarbrick, Shakeeb Ali, Adam Simpson, Jack Cullen and Ryan Davies.

For tickets – which are priced between £40 and £100 – please contact 07708372832.