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Homecoming victory for Preston’s Scott Fitzgerald

Scott Fitzgerald (right) is trained by former world title challenger Michael Jennings.

Preston boxer Scott Fitzgerald brushed aside his opponent Andrej Cepur, stopping the Russian in the fourth round at the Guild Hall.

Fitzgerald, who turned professional just over a year ago, had too much power for Cepur and never looked like dropping a point.

The Commonwealth Games champion showed good aggression from the off and found joy with some thunderous left hooks to the body.

Cepur never really managed to build any pressure and was unable to avoid the barrage of punches unleashed by Fitzgerald in the opening three rounds.

Half-way through the contest the referee decided he had seen enough, handing the victory to Fitzgerald, who maintained his perfect record of six wins from six.

The 25-year-old is set for another clash in just over a month with an appearance at the Liverpool Echo Arena, which features an array of Merseyside boxers including Stephen Smith and heavyweight David Price.

Fellow Preston fighter Ben Swarbrick could only manage a draw against Craig Derbyshire in what proved to be a fairly even contest.

There were also wins for Blackburn duo Qasim Niaz and Shakeeb Ali, the latter producing a stinging left-hand to send opponent Liam Richards crashing to the canvas, securing a second-round stoppage.




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