Preston boxing star Scott Fitzgerald will make his long-awaited professional debut next month.
The Commonwealth Games gold medal winner will appear on the same bill as Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg’s huge world super bantamweight unification fight on February 27.
The 24-year-old light-middleweight, who has signed terms with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing promotions company, was originally scheduled to make his bow in the pro ranks in November on the blockbuster Callum Smith-versus-Rocky Fielding fight at the Liverpool Arena.
Unfortunately, a fractured thumb sustained in a sparring incident with Cumbria’s Rick Skelton scuppered his plans.
The injury also ended his hopes of making appearances on the same bill as Anthony Crolla’s rematch victory over Darleys Perez at the Manchester Arena in late November and the Anthony Joshua/Dillian Whyte British title fight in London last month.
Fitzgerald, who is trained by Karl Ince and learned his trade as a youngster working under his dad Dave at Larches and Savick Amateur Boxing Club, is now back to full fitness.
The former National ABA champion had targeted a return to the ring for the Frampton/Quigg showdown and it looks like he will get his wish on what will be a huge night for boxing.
The Manchester Arena is already sold out and the evening will be screened live on Sky Sports Box Office.
After that, he could be in line to box on the same show as Smith’s potential Euopean title fight against Hadillah Mohoumadi in Liverpool on April 2.
His dad Dave said: “It’s all systems go now for Scott. He’s got on the Carl Frampton/Scott Quigg bill.
“There’s five weeks to go and he’s been in training over the last month.
“His thumb is okay and also the hand injury, he picked up at the Commonwealth Games last year, is fine now.”
As yet, the identity of Fitzgerald’s opponent is still to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, Morecambe’s fast-rising star Isaac Lowe is also set to appear on the same bill as Fitzgerald in February.
The 21-year-old has been handed a major title opportunity against Marco McCullough for the Commonwealth featherweight title.
He said: “The bigger the stage, the better Isaac Lowe will be. It’s the biggest stage he’ll have fought on so it’ll be interesting to see how he goes.”
“I’m used to these arenas now and it will be another day at the office for me.”
“This show is on another level though with two Brits in a world title unification fight.
“I’m fighting for a major title on Sky PPV on one of the biggest bills of this or any year and I intend on bringing the belt back to the seaside.”