| 8.1°C Belfast

Joe eyes title glory to honour late dad


Joe Fitzpatrick

Belfast man Joe Fitzpatrick says the memory of his late father Gerry is his biggest motivation as he seeks to be a major hit in the ring.

Tomorrow night in the Ulster Hall, Fitzpatrick will seek to land the vacant Irish lightweight belt when he clashes with Gary Cully of Naas in the chief supporting bout to Sean McComb's battle with Mauro Maximiliano Godoy.

Fitzpatrick suffered the shock loss of his father eight months ago at a time when the lightweight admits his career had spun out of control.

"My dad went in for a simple nose operation and then got sepsis and never came out.

"At the time I was drinking and partying, I hadn't boxed for 18 months but then after he died it motivated me to get back in the gym," said Fitzpatrick.

"His death taught me that life can be very short... I want to make something of my life and I want to dedicate it to my father. I'm only back because of him and I want to win titles for him.

"It's very emotional for me before every fight because I'm thinking about him. It hits me every time. This fight can be a big breakthrough for me."

Belfast Telegraph