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Murray keeping busy as European title bid looms

Updated: Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 17:09

Andy Murray (left) in action against Oisin Fagan
Andy Murray (left) in action against Oisin Fagan

Unbeaten Cavan star Andy Murray is surely one of the world's busiest professional boxers right now. The European number three and reigning Irish lightweight champion stretched his perfect record to 20 wins with 11 KO's in Belfast last weekend when he scored a second round stoppage win over the normally durable Jon Baguley.

That was the second bout in a three-fight run that started in
Limerick last month and will culminate in the Neptune Stadium, Cork, on Saturday, 26 June when he features on the Yanjing Beer Fight Night as part of 'The Undefeateds'.

Murray is one of six unbeaten boxers on the card, joining fellow
Irishmen Gary ‘Spike’ O'Sullivan and Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey, while
the exciting Cork-based Cuban trio of Alexei Acosta, Luis Garcia and Mike Perez also feature.

Murray opened his year with an impressive headlining win live on RTÉ over Oisin Fagan. That fight was an Irish title clash and the former European Union champion is now within touching distance of a shot at European champion and namesake John Murray.

The Mancunian is targeting a possible world title clash up at light welterweight with Amir Khan, but Andy Murray's rise up the European ratings means he is now knocking on the door of a title shot.

Murray said: ‘I feel I'm ready for a European title shot now but I realise I might have to be patient so it's great to be as busy as I am right now.

‘For any pro I think that fighting regularly is the key to improving
and progressing up the ranks.

‘It keeps you in routine and it keeps you focused because you know once you have one fight out of the way there is another coming up just around the corner so it keeps you sharp.

‘I'll be ready for a title shot whenever it comes around be it
against John Murray or anyone else. If it's Murray then I think that
our styles would make for a great fight.

‘I've watched a lot of John's fights and I've a lot of respect for him. He's fit, strong and has a style similar to mine so I think it would be a great fight for the fans.’

Murray faces Hungary's Laszlo Robert Balogh in Cork next weekend where he will hope to stretch his unbeaten record to 21 straight wins.

Murray's manager Brian Peters has been delighted with his
recent progress.

Peters said: ‘This will be Andy's third fight in just over six
weeks and you can see the improvement in his boxing fight by fight.

‘He's becoming a very rounded professional and when his European title shot comes around he'll be more than ready for it.’