Noely Murphy: “A European title fight in Cork would be a dream come through for me”

Noely Murphy: “A European title fight in Cork would be a dream come through for me”

Undefeated light-welterweight Noely Murphy [11(2)-0] headlines Red Corner Promotions: ‘Champions Elect’ card in the National Stadium, Dublin on October 7th.

The New York-based prospect is set to face Hungarian Gyorgy Mizsei Jr [25(15)-20(8)-1] over eight rounds.

Mizsei is a former EBU-EU lightweight title holder but lost it in his first defence to Jean Pierre Bauwens.

Murphy has enjoyed an immense amount of success since making the switch from Macroom to New York.

In his most recent outing, he claimed an impressive victory over previously undefeated Dominican Julio Cesar Sanchez on the undercard of Mikey Garcia v Adrien Broner at the Barclays Centre, New York in July.

“He was an awkward opponent. That was my second time defeating a previously undefeated fighter in the Barclays. There is something different about them.

“They say when somebody hasn’t lost before that they don’t know how to lose. They’ll fight to keep that zero and he certainly did. I just had the boxing over him and he never troubled me once in the fight,” Murphy told Fightstore Media at the Red Corner Promotions: ‘Champions Elect’ press conference on Thursday.

“That was a massive undercard and Katie Taylor was fighting as well so it made it even bigger for me. I took it in my stride and felt like I belonged there.”

After the fight he spoke to his manager, Kevin Crowley, and went straight back to the gym in preparation for his top of the bill clash in Dublin.

“Kevin told me that we might have this date so I went straight back to the gym. You leave stuff like that get to your head because you’ll get distracted.”

Murphy will relish the opportunity of testing himself against a former EU champion.

“This guy obviously has a lot of experience so in that sense it could be a step up in competition for me. I’m sparring the best in New York. I’ve sparred world champions- Luis Collazo, Terrence Crawford, Chris Algeiri. I’ve been around the gyms in New York and I’m ready for anything he throws at me.

“I can’t wait to fight. Hopefully the crowd is going to be as amazing as last time. But, at the end of the day, regardless of the crowd, I have to go in and perform. That’s what I plan to do.”

Red Corner Promotions backed Murphy at Thursday’s press conference and confirmed that they would be looking toward hosting a European title fight for him in Cork in 2018.

“We’ll go back and talk to [Promoter] Lou DiBella after this and see what his plan for me is. I know that he wants to give me a TV fight next.

“This fight will definitely open a lot of doors for me. I’m sure he’d be open to me winning a European title in future. It’s going to be good no matter what.

“[The title fight in Cork] would be a dream come through for me if that happened. And if it was for a European title too, it would make it very special. Hopefully we can work that out. It would be a special night in Cork.”


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