8th July 2011


The British battle of the lightweights between John Murray and Kevin Mitchell, was put back a week from July 9th to the 16th – After Mitchell came down with a virus during training. Along with the date change, came a change of venue and instead of London’s ExCeL Arena the fight was switch up North and the Echo arena in Liverpool.

But it’s a change that is not a problem for John Murray and he is happy that the fight will now be just a short trip up the East Lancs road, from his Manchester home, instead of the long trip down south for him and his fans. Meaning more can now attend, the most anticipated all British clash for years.

“I was ready to fight on the 9th, I was all geared up for it, but it’s only a weeks difference, so it’s not really changed things that much, it’s just one week.” said Murray.

“The trainings gone really well for this fight, I’m in absolute top shape and I just cant wait to get in there.
I’m gutted that it wasn’t on the 9th cause I was ready to do it then, but it’s just a week and the result is gonna be the same, its gonna be a Murray win and its gonna be a win by knockout.” – John Murray
“Its miles better for me being in Liverpool, a load more people are making the trip over.

“London was a long way for them to travel and its expensive, hotels and travelling down there.

“But Liverpool’s only 30-miles away so more are coming and I’m looking forward to putting on a great display for everyone.

Murray vs Mitchell – Echo Arena, Liverpool – July 16th
Murray a win against Mitchell will be his spring board to a world title fight he has patiently waited for, while winning English, British, European and international titles. Unbeaten in 31 fights with 18 KO’s – Murray has the longest unbeaten run on the British boxing scene and cant wait for the first bell to ring.
I’m up for it, I’m psyched up, I’m walking around mean, moody and menacing, everything I should be for a big fight and I’m just looking forward to that first bell ringing and going in there and doing a number on him.” – John Murray.
See the full interview with John Murray – video above. Interview by Chris Maylett for BritishBoxers

The North v South encounter now features on a blockbuster bill, headlined by Ricky Burns’ WBO world super-featherweight title 
defence against Mitchell’s former stable-mate Nicky Cook.

Also on the Liverpool card is the explosive rematch between Tony Bellew and Ovill McKenzie, for the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles and Frankie Gavin defends his WBO Intercontinental belt against footballer-turned-boxer Curtis Woodhouse.

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