Preston’s Scott Fitzgerald has set his sights on Commonwealth gold this summer.
The 22-year-old middleweight will be part of the England squad for the Games in Glasgow after head coach Rob McCracken phoned him with the good news yesterday morning.
The 2013 ABA national champion, who is a member of Team GB’s elite development squad, thought his chance had gone when he was surprising beaten by Jack Flatley in this year’s ABA Championships at the North West final stage in April.
However, Fitzgerald will be gunning for a gold medal as his country’s representative in the 69kg weight division in Glasgow. “I am absolutely buzzing,” the Larches and Savick ABC member said.
“Rob McCracken phoned me to tell me – I’m so happy.
“I though my chance had gone after the ABAs but I competed well in a tournament in Lithuania last month.
“I got a silver medal there – and I performed well in the final even though I lost it.
“I will go to the Commonwealth looking for the gold medal – that’s the one you want. I’ve got six week now to prepare.
“I am going to train super hard.
“It’s a big opportunity for me and I am sure I will take it.
“Apart from the Olympics, this is one which gets the most exposure – more than the World or European Championships.”
Fitzgerald believes his biggest threats for the gold medal will come from India, Ireland and Australia.
Meanwhile, there was bad news for Lisa Whiteside after she lost in the second preliminary round to Italy’s Marzia Davide at the European Women’s Championships in Bucharest, Romania.
Her coach Dave Fitzgerald said: “Lisa was well beaten – the Italian girl looked a class act and I think she will go on to win it now.”