Undefeated Irish boxer Andy Murray will take to the ring at the MEN Arena in Manchester on Saturday night on the undercard of the Paul McCloskey WBA Light Welterweight title fight with Amir Khan.
Murray takes on Blackburn's Dezzie Higginson and a win for the Cavan man would see him take his perfect professional record to 24 and 0.
Victory would leave Murray just one win away from equalling the longest ever winning streak in Irish professional boxing, that of
Befast bantamweight Johnny Caldwell who was 25 and 0 before suffering his first defeat in a World title fight against Brazilian great Eder Jofre in 1962.
Boxing out of John Breen’s gym in Belfast, Murray, now rated the number 1 challenger for John Murray's European Lightweight title, is looking to ipmress on a big night for the Irish in Manchester.
Murray said: ‘It's great to be fighting on such a big card and hopefully it will be a great night for Irish boxing with Paul McCloskey taking on Amir Khan in the main event.
‘Another Irishman, Jamie Kavanagh, will also be on the bill and there will be huge Irish support in the MEN Arena and hopefully we can give them something to shout about.
‘Paul's in great shape for this. I've done some rounds with him in
sparring and he's very, very sharp. He is really up for the fight.
It's a massive chance for him and he is very confident of doing the
business against Khan and I think he is in with a great shot.’
And Murray is equally confident about his ability to do the business in Manchester but he says he won't be underestimating his opponent.
Murray added: ‘I'm familiar with Higginson, he turned pro around the same time as me and there was talk of us fighting earlier in my career but it never came off.
‘He's on a good run of form since joining Ricky Hatton's stable and he's won 10 of his last 12. I'm sure he sees this as a big opportunity for him and it's effectively a home-town fight for him so I don't expect anything easy over there.’