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Belfast boxer Joe Fitzpatrick eyes pro success

By David Kelly

Published 26/05/2015

New challenge: Joe Fitzpatrick hopes to make pro debut soon
New challenge: Joe Fitzpatrick hopes to make pro debut soon

Joe Fitzpatrick is hoping to quickly make an impact as a professional after leaving the amateur game behind.

The west Belfast man has signed with local promoter Mark Dunlop, who has been running regular small shows over the past couple of years.

Commonwealth Games silver medallist Fitzpatrick will continue to box out of the Immaculata club along with head coach 'Nugget' Nugent and former British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay, who also coaches at the Belfast club.

Lightweight Fitzpatrick had grown frustrated with a lack of contests in the amateur ranks - an issue that affects many of our local senior boxers who are not on the High Performance programme.

Fitzpatrick, a loss to the local amateur scene, is hoping to make his debut on June 6 at the Devenish Complex, a show headed by Dee Walsh who faces Poland's Patryk Litkiewicz.

The bill will also feature Belfast men James Tennyson, Paul Hyland, James Fryers and Gerard Healy.

Meanwhile, American Kevin Johnson says he will bring Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua's unbeaten run since turning pro to an end this Saturday night.

Johnson, beaten on points by Tyson Fury at the Odyssey Arena two years ago, said of Joshua: "He is a media hype job and once he is out of the way I'm going to show you that the future of the heavyweight division is right here.

"I've been ready for two weeks. Let me tell you this - I've been a pro since 2003, this is the best shape and condition I've ever been in during my whole career.

"For the last two years I didn't even train and I didn't even care. The days of hurting my career are over. I'm going to give the fans what they deserve, something I've had deep down inside of me."

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