Fitzpatrick back with a bang in demolition job
Joe Fitzpatrick is back and says he is ready for any lightweight in Ireland following his two-round demolition of Stephen Webb at The Devenish on Saturday.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games' silver medallist had been out of the ring for 18 months, but wasted no time in stamping his authority as his all-action performance yielded a halt at 1.47 of round two.
On paper, this derby had the potential to be a trickier night, and now 'The Dragon' intends to establish himself as the number one.
"There were a lot of tickets sold for that fight and I respect that, so I knew I had to put on a good performance and hopefully they'll come and support me again," he said.
"It will be great to get back to it and look to a title now. I'd love to get on the Feile (Conlan v Nikitin) card. That's me back on the board now - bring them all on."
Despite the long layoff, the Divis man was straight on the front foot, driving Webb back and bloodying the former Holy Trinity man's nose before showing a little patience in the second to close the show.
Having lost his dad Gerry earlier this year, Fitzpatrick admitted he let the emotions get to him before calming down and delivering a display his late father would have been proud of.
"This fight made me focus and train a lot more," he added.
"Obviously, my dad passed away and I was going to retire until that happened, but I thought I'd give it one more bash and I think I did him proud here.
"I was close to tears before the fight thinking about him. It was hard, but I knew he was with me the whole time."