MGM fighter Anthony Fitzgerald announces his retirement

Boxer Anthony Fitzgerald, right outside the home of Eddie Hutch Snr's sister on Portland Row
Boxer Anthony Fitzgerald, right outside the home of Eddie Hutch Snr's sister on Portland Row

One of the boxers in attendance at the Regency Hotel weigh-in shooting, Anthony Fitzgerald, has announced his retirement from boxing.

Known in the ring as the 'Pride of Dublin' Fitzgerald made the announcement on his Facebook page.

He said: 'After long talks with my kids and my girlfriend and family iv desided to hang up my glove,s id like to thank every one from the bottom of my hart for all the support true my up,s and down,s iv made some grate friends and memories that will stay with me for ever.'

In December of last year we reported on his love of blood sports as he proudly displayed dead rabbits and a fox he killed during a night of 'lamping'.

In recent years the 30-year-old had been boxing out of the MGM gym in Marbella, which is run by Daniel Kinahan, son of cartel boss Christy Kinahan Snr.

In the aftermath of the Regency Hotel attack our reporter spotted Fitzgerald putting members of his family into a car before speeding from the scene.

However, he also has a long history with Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

Fitzgerald, a former Irish, European and Intercontinental super middleweight champion, learned to box at Hutch’s gym in Dublin’s north-inner city.

The Monk is a huge boxing fan and personally funds Corinthians Boxing Club near Sheriff Street. The gym featured in Jim Sheridan’s hit movie The Boxer.

Fitzgerald was born and bred in the north inner city and fought out of Corinthians early in his career before moving to Crumlin Boxing Club.

He was said to see Hutch as a mentor and father figure and his own dad ‘Skinny’ Fitzgerald is one of Gerry Hutch’s best pals. He was spotted at Hutch's boozy 50th birthday bash in Lanzarote in 2013.

Fitzgerald was also a close friend of slain Gary Hutch and he was one of the few people associated with MGM who attended his funeral mass last year.

Once touted as a potential world champion, Fitzgerald had lost six of his last 11 bouts, including defeats to Andy Lee, Eamonn O'Kane and Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan.

Fitzgerald's last fight was loss on points to Adam Jones at a card put on at Villa Park in Birmingham in September.