By Elliot Foster
Scott Fitzgerald warmed up for his fight with Anthony Fowler next month with a stoppage victory.
The 27-year-old super-welterweight from Preston takes on the Liverpudlian at the M&S Bank Arena on March 30.
Fitzgerald had been out since September before Saturday night after breaking his hand against Craig Morris.
But at the O2 Arena in London, exclusively live on the Sky Sports Facebook page, ‘Fitzy’ got rid of the vastly overmatched Radoslav Mitev inside two rounds.
“I wanted to go through the process because if I hadn’t have done, by the time March comes it would have been six months [out],” said Fitzgerald in the aftermath.
“I’ve just got to carry on now, train hard for the next eight weeks, just like I have been doing, and i’ll be more than ready to go and win that fight [against Fowler] and then push on to more titles after that.
“I have a lot of genuine hate for Anthony Fowler and I really want to knock him out. We’re standing in each other’s way and it’s a life-changing fight for me.
The fight against Mitev, which came to an end after one minute and 24 seconds of the second and served as the one warm-up fight request Fitzgerald’s team put into promoter Eddie Hearn ahead of the ‘The Machine’ showdown in Liverpool, formed part of the supporting cast to British super-welterweight champion Ted Cheeseman’s bid to add European honours to his list against Spaniard Sergio Garcia.
Meanwhile, Commonwealth Games silver medallist John Docherty moved to 3-0 as a pro with a first-round stoppage win over Przemyslaw Binienda.
And Dana Zaxo beat Tayar Mehmed on points. The Hammersmith light-heavyweight outpointed his foe by 40 points to 35 over four after dropping his man in the second.