By Wayne Bartlett at ringside: The clash between Phil Gill and Ben Murphy at the Camden Centre in London’s Kings Cross this Saturday (April 28) was billed as ‘Collision Course’.
Unfortunately for Gill, it was he that came off worse in the collision.
The challenge for Murphy’s Southern Area lightweight title lasting 2:35 of round one saw the champion tear into Gill from the opening bell and not letting up for a second.
The two men not taking a backward step, as they said they wouldn’t in the fights build up; saw the shorter, stockier Murphy, 32, finding a home for his thumping hooks early on.
Shipping winging punches to the head, Gill, 12-1-2(2), battled bravely to fire back in the face of the onslaught but was wobbled by the ropes midway through the round.
His features already showing the effects of the punishment, Gill, 29, was driven into a neutral corner by Murphy where a further barrage saw the referee’s intervention to snap the challenger’s undefeated record.
This win for the champion comes off the back of his near winning challenge for the British light welterweight title in December of last year.
Murphy, ahead on points before eventually succumbing to champion Ashley Theopane in round eleven, will look to that level again after improving to 9-5-1(5).