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Fitzpatrick's show is a knockout success
PADDY Fitzpatrick is already planning his third amateur boxing show after his Mandated bill sold out at the Oasis Leisure Centre.
Trainer Fitzpatrick, who runs his gym in Ferndale Road, admits that he was blown away by the support that he received for his show and is now looking to do it all again by the end of May, before his star charge George Groves goes into battle for the WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles with Carl Froch.
“Boxing in Swindon is buzzing,” Fitzpatrick said. “We had more than 1,000 for an amateur show - we were turning people away because we were full - and you don’t get that in London.
“I thought that all the fights were evenly matched and everyone gave a good account of themselves.
“I want to thank, not just the other clubs who brought their boxers, but the people of Swindon for supporting this.
“I’m looking to do it again before George has his fight.”
While delighted with all his fighters, it was 26-year-old Garvey Kelly’s points victory over Walcot’s Josh Osman that pleased Fitzpatrick the most.
“He blew me away with his performance,” Fitzpatrick said.
“I thought that he boxed beautifully.
“He had everything, they both engaged in the first round, but after that I thought Garvey countered well, got his twos and threes going and thoroughly deserved the decision.
“Just six months ago Garvey wouldn’t have been able to do this, he was struggling.
“One day he’d looked a million dollars and the next he’d be getting whooped by someone who shouldn’t have be able to do that to him.
“I was having to take him to shows on my own, make him drive so he didn’t have time to worry - if this had been six months ago Garvey would have frozen, but he was fantastic.”
Fitzpatrick was also pleased for Jose Mantinan as he claimed a stoppage win over Oman McKayle.
“There was a lot of pressure on Jose, because he is the uncle of young Sebastian who we were raising money for, so to get through and win was very pleasing,” Fitzpatrick said.
“I also thought that Mitch Dodson put in a very solid performance and there was a cracking fight from Lewis Roberts.”
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