John Murray talks to BritishBoxers about his upcoming WBA world title challenge against champion Brandon Rios at Madison Square Garden on December 3rd.
Murray gets this surprise crack at the world crown, despite losing his last fight against Kevin Mitchell in July. With it went Murray’s unbeaten record and then in the aftermath he split from his coach Joe Gallagher. Mitchell was first offered the fight with Rios, but because of a pending court case, could not take the fight and so Murray stepped forward to cease his opportunity.
In our exclusive interview with Murray, by Chris Maylett. The Manchester boxer talks about the fight and his determination to rip the title from Bam Bam Rios, one of the most exciting and big hitting fighters in the sport. Murray discusses the split with Gallagher and there coming back together for this fights, including the loss to Kevin Mitchell, plus training real and more.
In this fight John says he feels like Mr T in Rocky 3..! – When Rocky Balboa was in training in the famous boxing film, getting ready to face Clubber Laing, played by Mr T. He took his eye off the ball and enjoyed the showmanship of being champion, where as Mr T just knuckled down to his training. – Murray has done the knuckling down and the Mancunian Machine, as he is sometimes referred to, says he is in the best shape of his life, for the biggest fight of his life.
Murray believes he has the beating of Rios, he is fighting fit, has a hunger and a spark back in his eyes, like the Murray of old. He is preparing to shock the boxing world, prove his critics wrong and capture a genuine world title against a dangerous and highly rated champion, against all the odds.