Fitzgerald: "I've Got To Fight My Way Back"
Scott Fitzgerald says he has put his out of the ring
problems behind him as he focuses on getting back to the top
of a thriving domestic Super-Welterweight division in 2021
that includes former opponents Ted Cheeseman and Anthony
The unbeaten Preston fighter (14-0, 9 KOs) was last seen in
action outpointing Cheeseman at the Newcastle Arena back in
October 2019 to capture the British Super-Welterweight
Title, and makes his ring return a year and a half later
against Gregory Trenel on the Derek Chisora vs. Joseph
Parker undercard this Saturday May 1 at the AO Arena,
'Fitzy' handed Liverpool's Fowler a first defeat in the pros
when he dropped and outscored 'The Machine' at the M&S Bank
Arena in March 2019. Whilst both Cheeseman and Fowler have
kicked on since their losses to Fitzgerald, the 29-year-old
is confident he is still the number one 154lbs fighter in
Britain and is open to rematches with either to prove it.
ďIím feeling really good," said Fitzgerald. "Iíve been
training solidly for all of this year and Iím just looking
forward to getting back in there and getting back on track
with my career. Last year was a really bad one and Iím
embarrassed by some of my actions and the way I behaved.
Itís in the past and Iíve got to look forward and move on.
Iím 29 so Iím not that young of a man now. Itís gone quick.
I was 21 two minutes ago. Next thing you know youíre nearly
30 arenít you.
"Youíve got to learn from the mistakes and make sure they
donít happen again. These last two years have gone so fast
itís scary. It will be nearly a year and a half since I last
boxed. In over two years Iíve only boxed twice. Itís time to
put my foot down and make sure I make the most of my last
years in the game. I have two children now and it gives me
extra motivation to go and create a nice life for them. Itís
not about me, Iíve got to do it for them. Iíll keep my head
down, work hard and provide a nice life for them.
ďI saw the Cheeseman vs. Metcalf fight the other week and
that was a really good fight. It was a great win and a great
performance from Ted. He looks like heís got himself in a
good place. Iíve sort of let them get above me, so Iíve got
to fight my way back. Hopefully the Ted or Fowler rematch
can happen before the year is up. Iíve got to make sure I
win against whoever they put in front of me.
ďItís gone fast since the Cheeseman win. A lot of that time
was just a blur. My dream was to win that British Title and
I won it. I didnít get right back in the gym like I should
have. By the time I did get back to it COVID had kicked in.
I kept saying to my dad, ĎIím just going to chill until this
COVID is done and then weíll get back on ití.
ďNot fighting in 18 months, right now I want a few fights,
one or two fights, and then trying to get my British Title
back would be a nice move for me. Get that back and maybe
win it outright or just move on from there to European and
world level. There are good fights for me for that British
Title. Thereís Cheeseman whoís just looked good winning it
back. Thereís Fowler, heís looked good in some performances.
They might fight each other for it in the meantime. I beat
both of them. Whichever one of them is holding it Ė if they
want to get their revenge, they can give me that fight canít
they. Get one or two fights in and Iím ready for either one
"Fowler especially. Iíd like to go back and do an even
better job and move on from there. I saw bits of his fight
with Fortea the other week and he looked decent. Heís not.
Heís changed a few things, but heíll still always be the
same. Iím confident I can beat him again and do a better job
on him. I have to make sure Iím on it. No slip-ups. Get the
win this weekend and I can move onto these bigger ones
Fitzgerald vs. Trenel is part of an unmissable night of
action in Manchester, Derek Chisora (32-10, 23 KOs) and
Joseph Parker (28-2, 21 KOs) collide in a huge Heavyweight
clash, Irish star Katie Taylor (17-0, 6 KOs) defends her
Undisputed Lightweight crown against former amateur rival
Natasha Jonas (9-1-1, 7 KOs), undefeated WBA
Light-Heavyweight World Champion Dmitry Bivol (17-0, 11 KOs)
puts his Title on the line against Craig Richards (16-1-1, 9
KOs), Chris Eubank Jr (29-2, 22 KOs) returns against Marcus
Morrison (23-3, 16 KOs), Belfast's James Tennyson (28-3, 24
KOs) faces Mexico's Jovanni Straffon (23-3-1, 16 KOs) for
the IBO Lightweight World Title and Lightweight prospect
Campbell Hatton (1-0) fights in his home city for the first
time as a pro.