Scott Fitzgerald received a hero’s homecoming after his Commonwealth Games gold-medal winning heroics.
The 22-year-old boxer returned home to Preston earlier this week fresh from his marvellous victory in the welterweight division on Saturday night, in Glasgow.
The Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club star produced an explosive display to defeat India’s Mandeep Jangra in the final at the SSE Hydro Arena – and became the only Preston athlete to win a gold medal at the Games.
Fitzgerald’s supporters – many of whom travelled north of the border to see him in action – flocked to the fighter’s local pub Lane Ends, in Blackpool Road, on Tuesday evening, to congratulate him on his success.
He signed autographs, sipped champagne and thanked the fans for the tremendous support they gave him in Glasgow.
The boxer also showed off his medal and one young fan – nine-year-old Toby Lafferty – was so entranced by the gold medal that he declared one day he wanted to become a champion boxer too.
Fitzgerald said: “It was amazing to see the amount of people who travelled to Glasgow to see me fight.
“I remember standing on the podium when I received my gold medal, looking around and seeing all these different people who I knew. It gave me an extra buzz.”