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John Murray Media Quotes


murray hits the pads with Joe Gallagher
murray hits the pads with Joe Gallagher

John Murray, 31-0 (18), was at Betta Bodies gym in Denton, Manchester toady finalising his big fight preparations for his domestic clash with London’s Kevin Mitchell, 31-1 (23).

The bout, at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 16, is for the vacant WBO Intercontinental lightweight strap.

Under the tutelage of long-time trainer Joe Gallagher, the former British and European champion hopes to dispose of Mitchell and move onto world honours.Mitchell, a former British titlist himself, is eager to return from a devastating knock-out loss to Michael Katsidis and establish himself as Britain’s number one 135-pounder.

The 26-year-old Mancunian looked in terrific shape as he relayed combinations on the pads and hammered the body belt in front of the media.

Uundisputed caught a word with Murray who was confident of victory whilst remaining respectful of the Londoner’s abilities:

“He’s ambitious, he has fast hands and he hits very hard, but it’s nothing I haven’t dealt with in the past with other fighters," said Murray.

“He’s a very good fighter, he slipped up against Katsidis but I think if anything that’s only going to make him better. His invincibility got broken last time and he got knocked out, so he’ll be working harder in the gym and rectifying the mistakes. I’m expecting Kevin to be at his best, he’s got to be at the best he’s been in his whole career, and he knows if he loses this fight he’s going nowhere. So he’s going to put it all on the line, I’m sure he’ll leave it all in the ring and give it his all. But I just know that I’m too good for him," added Murray.





“He says Breidis Prescott was his best fight and he had a year lay-off before that. But I think the way he lost to Katsidis and having a year off at the same time is going to affect him.

"It’s going to affect his confidence and I think Kevin is one of those fighters who fights on his confidence. If I go in there straight away and knock his confidence, I can knock him out. He’s only boxed at lightweight twice before, one was against Prescott, who’s overrated because of the Khan win and the other time against Katsidis who wasn’t a world champion, just a top 10 rated lightweight. I’m really confident going into this; I’m number two in the WBC, four in The Ring and top 10 in every other governing body. I’m confident I can knock Kevin out.

“I’m overdue a world title shot, I’ve had 31 fights undefeated, cleaned up at British and European level- Kevin is the last obstacle in the way. I’m ranked above him with every governing body and I didn’t really have to fight him but I wanted to fight him to shut him up. Everyone wants to know who Britain’s number one is and even though I’m ranked number one, he’s the only one who can challenge me domestically. I’ll finish business and leave no stone unturned before I move onto world level. I beat Kevin and I’m outright number one with no competition.”

When questioned on the notorious rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester and the reaction of the Scouse crowd, Murray was optimistic, “It’s billed North vs. South so I hope they do get behind me and cheer me on. I fight better in front of big crowds anyway. The Liverpool /Manchester rivalry is more football and Manchester United, I support Manchester City anyway!”


A world title challenge is next on the agenda for Manchester’s brawler and he’s aiming for the very best, “Brandon Rios is who we’re looking at. Also, the WBC title has become vacant; [Humberto] Soto has given it up- so either of them!,” said Murray.

pic Sean Pollock, (Undisputed Fight Magazine)


July 11, 2011



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