John Watson
“I want Murray Next” – John watson

Unbeaten Lightweight prospect John Watson turned on the style on Friday night with an impressive 5th round stoppage of late subsitute Ben Lawler.

Fighting on the undercard of Stuart Hall’s confusing British Bantamweight Title win over Ian “Dappa” Napa, Watson showed flashes of brilliance against the Skegness man and immediately sounded out a possible match up against British and European Champion John Murray.

It was a 13th straight win for the Liverpudlian, Watson 26, who was an also an impressive Amateur, With 64 wins from 78 contests, which led him to junior and senior ABA Titles.

He has already beaten the African Champion, Geoffrey Munika within seconds of the first round, whilst a marginal points victory over Martin Gethin in March 2009, was suppose to be an eliminator for a British Title shot which as yet is still to materialise.

John started boxing at the age of 11 at the Higherside Gym and currently trains at Brins Gym, the home of Huyton ABC, and commutes to Rotherham under the tutelage of respected trainer/manager David Coldwell, along with his brother Mark.
John Watson Promo Video by Gibson Vision


He sights Prince Naseem Hamed and Oscar De La Hoya as his heroes and hopes to be challenging for honours in the near future, “I’d like to think I’d be challenging for the EBU title after winning the Lonsdale belt outright, I want to go the proper route,” The scouser stated.

John Murray pic by Al Stevenson

After his stoppage win John told Sky camera’s “I want Murray next”, which Murray, no doubt would have heard. “Murray is a good fighter and has been a good champion, I respect him but feel my boxing ability causes him major trouble. He couldn’t seem to hurt Buckland last time out so I question his punch power. I’m confident I can beat him,” Watson respectfully said.


The possibility of the two meeting before the end of the year, may depend on the offers on John Murray’s table.

But there is not doubt, Watson is the first in line.
written by Phil D Jay for British Boxers  

John Watson v Ben Murphy March 2010

British Boxers comment, ‘With John Murray looking at a world title fight with Michael Katsidis sometime soon, it looks unlikely Watson will get a shot at the British and European champion in the near future, but certainly looks like a prospect going places and soon to be hot on the heals of the countries leading lightweights.’ www.britishboxers.co.uk

“Katsidis has not beaten the best in the UK”John Murray

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