European lightweight champion John Murray will defend his title against  the reigning Spanish champion Karim El Ouazghari from Barcelona at the York Hall, Bethnall Green on Saturday April 2.
John Murray European lightweight champion
BritishBoxers caught up with the unbeaten Manchester champion who will be making the second defence of his belt and is hoping a win here can then place him in position to challenge for a world title, but hasn’t ruled out meeting Londoner Kevin Mitchell along the way, if that’s what it takes to realise his dream.


Murray who is already in great shape ahead of the fight is looking forward to taking his fans away to the capital and looks forward to fighting at the York Hall.

“I’m really excited to be coming to London again and showing the fans that I’m the best talent around,” said the 27-year-old, who has not fought in the London for over four years.

“There is always an electric atmosphere at York Hall, and it will be no different on April 2. All my mates are looking forward to it, they keep saying were playing away so the Barmy army will be coming over with me.

“It’s every fighter’s dream to headline at the home of London boxing, and I’ll be looking to put on a very special display for the fans.

Ouzaghari, 31, is known as El Diablo, and Murray is expecting the Spaniard to come to fight and after watching him fight on YouTube is not taking anything from granted, knowing this could be a potential banana skin with a world title shot looming.

“He looks like he can whack a bit, he’s got a good left hook tricky opponent. We don’t really know much about him but these can be the banana skins.

“Its a fight I’m suppose to win and look good so I’ve got to go out and do a number on him. 

“The pressures on me but I’m training hard and I need to perform and put on a really good show.”

 interview with John Murray
“I’ve seen a few of his fights on YouTube and he looks strong with a tremendous left hook,” added Murray.

“I’m sure he is going to come to London with all guns blazing.

“He knows that this is his big chance to shine, and I’ll have to be at the top of my game.

“I’ve got a world ranking to protect. If I lose then any chance of fighting for a world title will go out the window, so there is so much at stake for me.”

Murray, at present has the longest unbeaten run of any British fighter with a record of 30-0 with 18 Ko’s and spoke to BritishBoxers about a proposed fight against British lightweight rival Kevin Mitchell. A world title fight and possible meeting with new WBA champion Brandon Rios.

Murray speaks about his favorite fighters, the Gallagher gym that continues to produce some of the best UK talent…including –

Frank Warren

Recently joining promoter Frank Warren

“If anyone is going to deliver its Frank Warren, he’s tried and tested he’s been there and done it before with his other boxers and he can take me out of them leisure centres now and put me in them big arenas where I want to be fighting for world titles.”

Kevin Mitchell

Fighting Kevin Mitchell

“I want the world title and if I have to fight Kevin along the way to get the shot then so be it, but ill fight anyone that’s the way I am. Mitchel I think is a little bit above his station and I think he thinks he is better than what he is. I mean if he wants a fight ill fight him Ive got no problems with that and I’m sure ill knock him out. If Kevin gets in my way then he will get mullered just like the rest of em.”

Brandon Rios

Brandon Rios

“He’s a come forward fighter very aggressive, I’m sure if me and him have a fight it’ll be a toe to toe war. Everyone in Britain would love it and American tv would love it. It would be a great fight for as long as it lasted and I’m sure its a fight i would come out on top of as well.”

Juan Manuel Marquez

Juan Manuel Marquez
“Id love to fight Marquez, he is an absolute legend in the game and to share a ring with him would be a great honour and a privilege. He is defiantly the best out of all the lightweight champions and id love to fight him. If I want to be a world champion Ive got to fight the best.”

Plus much more from the man they call ‘The Manchester Machine’ 

By Chris Maylett 
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