Boxing

'Posh Boy' Colm Murphy prepares to take second step in professional career

The Gypsy King. Tyson Fury knocked out Deontay Wilder to win in the 11th round in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens).

BLESSED with a turbo-charged engine that produces off-the-charts punch output, Colm Murphy now hopes to harness his natural attributes with coach Dee Walsh and says “the sky's the limit” as he prepares for his second professional fight.

‘Posh Boy' (a nod to his Methody College education and suburban upbringing) out-pointed Poland's Jakub Laskowski in his opener and will be back in action at the Europa Hotel on November 1 on a bill that also includes Scottish heavyweight Nick Campbell and the ring return of Conrad Cummings.

Tyrone middleweight Cummings is hoping for a fresh start while hard-working Murphy is right at the start of his. He hopes/intends to go far.

Murphy is keen to follow in the footsteps of fellow Mark Dunlop-managed fighters like James Tennyson and Tommy McCarthy and break into the title mix.

“The sky is the limit,” said the former St George's ABC fighter.

“I feel like I've got the right team behind me. Dee has got people like Lewis (Crocker) and Pody (McCrory) up to international title level and I feel like I can reach that level if I stay with him and I stay humble. I'm still very young and I know Mark (Dunlop) can deliver and get me title opportunities so I just need to stay ready at all times. In this game you've got to be fit all year round and I've got to be ready to take any opportunity that comes my way because you don't know what's knocking around the corner for you.

“It's up to me. It's what I'm willing to sacrifice now and, believe me, I'm willing to sacrifice everything to be as successful as I can be – I've got a lot of ambition and that's going to propel me forward.

“The debut went well. I wasn't used to having a gameplan, I usually just go hell-for-leather so it was good that I showed I can use my academic brains in the boxing ring too,” added the Masters degree student who graduated in Quantity Surveying last year.

“I showed over the six rounds that it's not a sprint anymore and you have to pick your punches which is what I did. I waited for him to make mistakes and I brought him on to some shots and punished him.

“A lot of boxing is in the head – it's the discipline and mindset for excelling in sport. If you're not there mentally, you're not going to train as you should. You really have to push yourself to the limits to excel in boxing because, when you're in there, it really is a battle of minds sometimes in a 50-50 fight.”

Like some fighters, Murphy occasionally incurs the wrath of his coach. But in his case it's not for slacking off - it's for over-training!

“I do train too much,” he admits.

“There are days when I'd train three times and it would be a mix between boxing, running, hot yoga and strength and conditioning. I even have a heavy bag around the back of my dad's house so when the gyms aren't open I get out and start popping away at it.”

Definitely a man to keep an eye on.

CARL Frampton's fans turned Manchester, England into a home venue when ‘the Jackal' beat Scott Quigg to become unified super-bantamweight world champion and Donegal middleweight Jason Quigley expects his fans to do the same in Manchester, USA next month.

Ballybofey native Quigley is taking on WBO champion Demetrius Andrade in what is basically his backyard but Andy Lee-trained Quigley is hoping he can attract a huge Irish following from Boston who will make the trip to the SNHU Arena in New Hampshire.

"This will be the next best thing to a hometown fight for me,” said Quigley.

“I've seen the support I've had when I boxed in Boston twice. Those fights were nowhere near the magnitude of this one.

"I'm expecting massive Irish support. The Irish will outweigh Andrade fans come fight night."

Andrade has made four defences of his WBO belt since beating Walter Kautondokwa in October 2018 and the last two were against Dubliner Luke Keeler and, most recently, Wales hardman Liam Williams. Since then he has been chasing lucrative scraps with division superstars Gennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo' Alvarez.

"He is a great champion. He has been very avoided in the fight game because of his ability, because of how good he is," Quigley said.

"Any of the other world champions out there have avoided him because it's a big risk for them to take."

A FIGHT for the ages reached its crescendo with an emphatic left hook that sent Deontay Wilder crashing to the Las Vegas canvas in the 11th round on Saturday night.

As always, Tyson Fury gave the fans bang for their buck and he had to recover from being floored twice in the fourth round to stop his three-fight rival at the T-Mobile Arena and retain his WBC heavyweight title.

What's next for Fury? Fans will hope that it's a unification showdown with Oleksandr Usyk but that will have to wait until after the Ukrainian's rematch with Anthony Joshua next spring. Until then the former Irish heavyweight champion intends to take a well-earned rest.

Fury got off to a good start in the first round and the action heated up in the third when a big Fury right sent Wilder tumbling to the canvas. The game slugger from Tuscaloosa, Alabama rose to his feet, surviving the follow-up until the bell rang moments later.

With Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) on unsteady legs in the fourth, Fury pounced, looking to finish him off but, just when it appeared that the fight was about to end he dropped his guard and, instead of jabbing his way in and setting up the attack, he left his chin exposed and the ‘Bronze Bomber” uncorked a perfect short right followed by another, driving Fury to the mat.

Fury made it to his feet but was down again moments later when another Wilder flurry floored him. The bell rang seconds after he got up.

Wilder started strong in the fifth, blasting Fury with more rights. The Gypsy King maintained his composure, digging to the body in close quarters.

The inside work slowly wore Wilder down. He was dropped again in the tenth from another Fury right and then a third and final time in the eleventh via a crunching right cross. Referee Russell Mora mercifully rescued the brave warrior, ending the fight at 1:10 of the round.

“It was a great fight tonight, as good as any trilogy in history,” said Fury.

“October 9, 2021, will go down in history, I hope. I always said I was the best in the world and he was the second-best. Don't ever doubt me - when the chips are down, I will always deliver.”

Wilder did not shake Fury's hand after the fight but later admitted: “I did my best, but it wasn't good enough.

“I'm not sure what happened. I know that in training he did certain things, and I also knew that he didn't come in at 277 to be a ballet dancer. He came to lean on me, try to rough me up and he succeeded.”

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