A host of Prestonians are set to descend on the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to support the city’s boxing prodigy tonight.
Scott Fitzgerald is being supported by a travelling army of fans at his debut Games. And the 22-year-old, who has already notched two victories, will square up against New Zealand’s Bowyn Morgan in the welterweight quarterfinals tonight.
The boxer’s dad and coach Dave Fitzgerald has been overwhelmed by support from the people of Preston.
He said: “I have been to every fight so far and now we are staying in Glasgow until the end, I have every confidence in Scott.
“Most of the people we know are coming up to watch him, we must have taken 100 people to watch his opening fight last Friday - I can’t believe the amount of support, everyone has been watching his matches on TV too and people keep coming up to me in the street to shake my hand.”
The boxer,sustained a cut to his eye in his victory over Azumah Mohammed on Monday and he has gained some new regal fans - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge William and Kate.
And Dave, who founded the Larches and Savick Boxing Club in Elswick Road, Preston alongside Joe Kilshaw and Jimmy Moon, was overjoyed that the Royals chose to watch his son.
He said: “Just before Scott came out to fight something was happening and then we found out William and Kate were coming to watch. It’s not just our travelling fans, everyone in the stadium had England flags and have really got behind Scott, It is an amazing atmosphere. To compete in the Commonwealth Games is an achievement in itself.”
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