PRESTON’S Scott Fitzgerald (13-0, 9 KOs) almost broke boxing Twitter when he decisioned Liverpool’s Anthony Fowler back in March. A 10th round knockdown sealed the deal for “The Mad Man” and some very vocal boxing fans immediately took to social media to voice their approval. For some reason, Fowler has become a divisive figure among a section online fans and for some of them he is emblematic of the things they dislike about modern boxing: the blue tick, the endorsements, a perceived sense of entitlement and his use of the platform to promote CBD oil are generally offered up as reasons for this aversion.
Fitzgerald’s attitude towards his former foe was fostered during the build-up to their fight, “Fitzy” felt that he had been brought in as a scalp, a fighter with an ‘0’ whose wild abandonment between fights had spilled over into his training camps.
Indeed, the 27-year-old admitted that he had pushed things too far in his private life in this week’s in-depth interview with Boxing News, but he also told me that the opportunity against Fowler was a sobering moment in his life and once the reality kicked in he kicked on in training.