Preston boxer Scott Fitzgerald is targeting peak physical shape when he takes on Anthony Fowler in a blockbuster domestic showdown next year.
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The light-middleweight pair are primed to face each at the beginning of March after Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn announced the fight will go-ahead following Fowler’s impressive first round stoppage of Jose Carlos Paz in Sheffield on Saturday.
Fitzgerald is currently on the comeback trail after breaking his finger during his final-round knockout win over Craig Morris in Birmingham at the start of September.
The 26-year-old is hopeful of having a warm-up bout in January – organised by his manager Steve Wood – before turning his attention towards Liverpudlian Fowler.
The pair were team-mates on the GB squad and both won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The bout will act as a British title eliminator with the winner set to fight current champion Ted Cheeseman later in the year.
Fitzgerald is currently hard at work training at his home club Larches and Savick ABC – under the watchful eye of his dad and trainer Dave – as he looks to build up his fitness.
“Hopefully he will have a warm-up fight in January and then Fowler in March,” said Dave Fitzgerald.
“But he’s got to get himself fit first.
“Scott and Anthony Fowler were team-mates at GB and they both won gold at the Commonwealth Games.
“I think Fowler won gold at the weight above 20 minutes after Scott was his gold medal so they know each well.
“Eddie Hearn is fine about us having a warm-up fight in January. He needs to have that before he faces Fowler because he hasn’t fought since September.”