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Boxer Scott Fitzgerald denies rape allegation as court trial date set

Boxing star Scott Fitzgerald has denied raping a woman when appearing at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday morning (May 10).

The undefeated British super-welterweight champion, 30, is alleged to have raped a woman – who can not be identified for legal reasons – in April 2020. Fitzgerald was summoned to court on Tuesday morning but pleaded not guilty to a single count of rape.

Lancashire Live report the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist spoke only to confirm and enter his not guilty plea. Fitzgerald will now stand trial on March 3 2023 with Judge Richard Gioserano granting him bail on the condition he does not contact the woman who made the complaint of rape against him.

Fitzgerald's last fight came as he beat Gregory Trenel last May with the 30-year-old having been unbeaten in his 15-fight career.

He was the Commonwealth Games champion in 2014 and had been the British champion since beating Ted Cheeseman by unanimous decision in Newcastle in October 2019, before he relinquished the title in November 2020.

Following that win, he said: “I was far from happy with it, but I definitely won the last three, maybe four rounds. I definitely fell behind (early). I had to drag it out of myself.”

Fitzgerald turned professional in 2016 and has won ten of his bouts by knockout, while also gaining points victories over the likes of Anthony Fowler.

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