Murray’s body punches began to take there toll on the 20 year old and he was visibly hurt and wincing everytime Murray landed his crunching rib shots, sensing that his opponent was feeling the effects of his shots. Brave though Blackwell was, he even found time the goad Murray in, but the experienced Murray knew that his game opponent was there for the taking.
Blackwell took some huge right hands as the fight worn on and shown that he had the heart to stand and fight, but was eventually overwhelmed and at the end of the fourth round looked like he had nothing left to give.
Referee John Keane went over to Blackwell’s corner to check if he wanted to continue, the confident youngster even though now on an hiding to nothing and the end not looking far away, bravely got off his stool and decided to continue on. He gave everything he had left at the start of the busy fifth, but his combinations lacked any substance, whilst Murray continued to come forward and land more hurtful punches.
At the end of the fifth, Blackwell and his corner looked resigned to the fact that there wasn’t anything left and he was rightly pulled out, and saved to fight another day. Blackwell can learn from this outing and deserves credit for stepping in with the bigger, stronger and more seasoned Murray, who will now look to push onto bigger things.
The domestic middleweight scene is certainly gaining some momentum and possible big fights out there for the British champion in the future include Paul Smith, Darren Barker or Matthew Macklin.
Manchester’s British lightweight champion Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla wasn’t hanging around on Saturday night, deposing of Belgian import Herve De Luca in the first round with a sustained and controlled display of hurtful body shots, that had his Luca down three times in the opening three minutes.