Fitzgerald wins at the Guild Hall

Preston boxer Scott Fitzgerald made a triumphant debut at the Guild Hall on Saturday night.

Saturday, 11th March 2017, 11:54 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:44 am
Scott Fitzgerald beat Russian Andrej Cepur at the Guild Hall in Preston

The reigning Commonweath Games champion was far too strong for his Russian opponent Andrej Cepur.

The 25-year-old claimed victory via a fourth-round stoppage in front of raucous home crowd.

It was the first time Fitzgerald had fought in his home town as a professional and he certainly put on a show for an expectant crowd.

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Scott Fitzgerald hands out some punishment to Andrej Cepur

The Jennings Gym ace dominated the fight from start to finish as Cepur came under attack from a barrage of shots.

The 30-year-old, who lives in Lithuania, was unable to muster any sort of attack himself as Fitzgerald dominated the centre of the ring.

In the end, the referee brought an end to proceedings in the fourth.

Fitzgerald improved his overall record to six pro wins out of six, with four stoppages.

Scott Fitzgerald hands out some punishment to Andrej Cepur

He also picked up his first belt in the paid ranks - the International Classic Challenge title.

"I kept thinking he was going to go down," Fitzgerald said.

"I hit him with a few body shots and got him with a few head shots.

"I head him moan and wince a few times, but all credit to him, it was hard to find the gaps.

"It's nice to get a little title at the Guild Hall, quite a few people came down to watch."

Meanwhile, fellow Preston fighter Ben Swarbrick had to settle for a draw with Craig Derbyshire after the pair shared the four rounds of their bantamweight contest.