Scott Fitzgerald will get the chance to reaffirm his credentials as one of the country’s brightest young boxing talents this month.
The Preston light middleweight ace will be one of the big names on a bill which will feature the ‘next generation’ of fights stars at the Walker Activity Dome, in Newcastle.
The show – billed as the ‘NxtGen’ and will take place on Friday, June 23 – will see Fitzgerald go up against Billy Snaith, a 29-year-old who hails from County Durham.
He has been a professional for less than two years but boasts an impressive 100% record from his opening five bouts. In his last outing, he defeated Daniel Cope on points to secure the BBBC Northern Area title.
Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Fitzgerald – who stopped Russian Andrej Cepur in his last fight at the Guild Hall in March – will be eager to get back in the ring after injury has kept him on the sidelines over the past couple of months.
The 25-year-old was due to appear on the undercard of Martin Murray’s middleweight showdown against American Gabriel Rosado at the Liverpool Arena in April.
And he was also hoping to feature at Bramall Lane last weekend on the same show as Kell Brook’s welterweight clash against American Errol Spence JR.
But a fracture to the index finger of his left hand – sustained against Cepur – ruled him out of both events.
However, the Jennings Gym ace is closing in on full fitness and will be looking to extend his unbeaten record to seven fights in the professional ranks.
His father Dave, who also trains him, believes facing Naith will be a good challenge for his son.
“It should be a good test for Scott,” said Fitzgerald senior. “Snaith has won all of his five fights as a pro and so it will be a fight between two unbeaten boxers.
“He’s the Northern Area champion and looks a decent lad. Naith has fought Andrej Cepur who Scott beat in his last fight. He beat him on points whereas Scott stopped him.
“The show looks a good one and Scott is one of the bigger names being the current Commonwealth champion.”
Fitzgerald is not the only fighter from Preston in action this month – his fellow former Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club stablemate Mick Hall is preparing for his 16th pro fight.
The 30-year-old middleweight, who is now working under trainer Alan Levene, takes on Matthew Mallin at the Guild Hall on Saturday, June 17.
The English title eliminator bout will be the first time Hall has stepped in the ring since being stopped by Blackpool’s Jack Arnfield after the 11th round at the Guild Hall in January.
Hall has lost only twice – both times to Arnfield – in his 15 fight career.