John Murray: SKY's the limit

23.12.05 - SKY Sports have singled out Hennessy Sports promoted John Murray as their ‘Shooting Star’ for 2006. Pundit Jim Watt selected the Manchester fighter as the one to watch following a spectacular year that saw him make sensational debuts in America and Canada and, last time out on a SKY televised event, become the first ever British fighter to win a WBC World Youth Championship..

"I turned 21 on Tuesday, so this made a good present," said Murray. "It goes without saying that I am chuffed to bits. Some good fighters have won this in the past, including Ricky Hatton, so I will be looking to follow in their footsteps."

SKY filmed a feature on Murray earlier this week that will be run over the Christmas period on their dedicated news channel. He should be appearing frequently on the network next year as he continues his rapid progress.

"Even though I am now in Championship class, I still want to keep very busy," added Murray. "I would like to fight five or six times over the next 12 months, including a couple of defences of my new title. Hopefully we can also look at domestic and possibly even European honours."

First though, the Steve Wood managed fighter will be taking a well-earned break following the head swelling he suffered when beating Nacho Mendoza, (for the WBC Youth Crown), on the December 2nd Hennessy Sports 'Cold-Blooded Predator' promotion.

"The bruising has completely gone down, but you cannot be too careful," Murray explained. "I’m going to give my body a good rest over the next couple of weeks. That fight against Mendoza was a real war."

So much so that many have called it as one of their fights of the year. Neither boxer took a backward step for the duration, instead opting to battle it out in the centre of the ring until Murray was awarded a Technical Decision after eight rounds when his injury prevented him from continuing.

"I quite enjoyed myself in there," said Murray. "I admit I got involved in a bit of war, but I am always confident that I have the strength to deal with anyone, even Mendoza.

"He was very tough. He took a lot of punishment and still kept coming back with more. Mendoza is definitely the best I have faced to date, I think he can still go on to win big things.

"People have said to me since that he was a lot better than some of the opponents who come over and challenge British fighters for so called world titles. I have to agree with that.

"I would like to see Kevin Mitchell fighting Mendoza. That would give us a yard-stick as to how good he really is."

Article posted on 23.12.2005

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