Fitzy sparkles on Commonwealth Games debut

England's Scott Fitzgerald in action against Saint Lucia's Ron Bastien (left) during the Men's Welter (69kg) Round of 32, at the Emirates Arena during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

England's Scott Fitzgerald in action against Saint Lucia's Ron Bastien (left) during the Men's Welter (69kg) Round of 32, at the Emirates Arena during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

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SCOTT Fitzgerald didn’t waste any time getting his Commonwealth Games off to a flying start at Glasgow 2014.

Scott Fitzgerald didn’t waste any time getting his Commonwealth Games off to a flying start at Glasgow 2014.

The Preston welterweight was expected to outclass Ron Bastien, his inexperienced rival from St Lucia, in his first fight.

But even he was surprised by the speed he took control of the contest, knocking his first round opponent down after just five seconds as he secured the first stoppage win of the boxing events in Scotland.

“A left hook in the first 10 seconds was a declaration of intent, wasn’t it?” he said.

“I’m over the moon just to get that first one out of the way and the stoppage is a bonus.

“It has been great in the village and I’ve been itching to get in the ring and get down to business.

“It was the first five seconds actually. He fell in and I caught him with a nice hook and doubled it up for a great start that gave me a massive boost and really settled me down.

“I was using up quite a bit of nervous energy waiting in the village and I really needed that fight to get myself into it. I’m right in the zone now.”

Fitzgerald’s path to the podium will see him take on Ghana’s Azumah Mohammed in the next round after he went the full distance in defeat of Nauru’s Joseph Deireragea.

And then there’s the absence from the draw of Welsh favourite Fred Evans, the Olympic silver medallist, who was denied accreditation in a row over a criminal conviction, to factor in – leaving Fitzgerald confident.

“Fred was probably the favourite, he’s a top boxer, but there’s definitely a good chance for me,” he added.