By Jack Wynne – Sports Editor
Preston light-middleweight boxer Scott Fitzgerald will make his long awaited professional debut in just under two weeks at the Manchester Arena.
Who the local fighter will face is yet to be revealed.
The 24-year-old is set to feature on the same bill as Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, with both world champions putting their titles on the line come the 27th of February.
Fitzgerald was set to make his debut in the professional ranks back in November on the Callum Smith and Rocky Fielding fight at the Liverpool Arena but a thumb injury delayed his plans.
Two more opportunities were missed because of the injury, first when Anthony Crolla defeated Darleys Perez in a rematch later the same month before Anthony Joshua’s victory over Dillian Whyte in London back in December of last year.
When Fitzgerald learned he was to fight on the Frampton and Quigg bill, he was thrilled.
“I am very excited for this upcoming match, especially with it being a massive show.
“It is a pay-per-view and a great one to make my debut on.
“I should have been making my debut in November and then fighting two more times before the end of the year but after breaking my thumb it never ended up happening.
“I am looking forward to it even more now and want to make up for some lost time” he told Pluto.
When Fitzgerald sustained a thumb injury he admits he did lose a bit of motivation but his girlfriend and family have been key in helping him to stay on the right track.
“My dad told me to relax but he was always there for me and my professional coach Karl Ince has done a really good job of keeping me in check.”
Despite the notable differences between the amateur and professional ranks, the former National ABA (Amateur Boxing Association) champion believes he will make a smooth transition.
“Slowing it down a bit in the longer rounds will be key and there will be more rounds eventually which I think is going to suit me.
“I did have a five-round fight in the amateurs as well in the WSB (World Series of Boxing) against a top Russian and I felt like I had a lot more rounds in the bank.
“This first fight is only a four rounder so that gives me good confidence.
“I am looking forward to making the transition and have always been told that I will be a good pro and my style is made for the pros so I am looking forward to seeing how it goes now” he said.
Quigg and Frampton are world champions and one day Fitzgerald hopes he can join them.
“For now I have my mind set on a British title and hopefully I can do that in about two years.
“After that I will start to think about Europeans and then world titles.
“I think I have the talent for it and it’s just up to me to work hard and accomplish what I want to do.”
Fitzgerald will be fighting in a sold-out Manchester Arena later this month, but in the future he would love to fight somewhere a little closer to home.
“If I could win a British title and then defend it in a big sell-out at Deepdale, that would be great.”