30 April 2010 – By Cormac Campbell
Irish and EU lightweight champion Andy Murray believes he is within touching distance of a shot at the European title.
The undefeated Cavan stylist, who returns to the ring in Limerick on May 15, has told irish-boxing.com that he will be a keen observer of John Murray and Gary Bucklands upcoming vacant EBU title clash.
As we know John Murray is fighting for the vacant title against Gary Buckland Im not too far behind those boys and in a couple of fights hopefully I will get a shot, he said.
Im edging ever closer to a shot at the European title. I want to move up the rankings Im currently sitting at number three, so Im not too far away. And I think if (John) Murray comes through I think it is a fight that could happen. I know Brian (Peters) gets on quite well with Johns promoter Mick Hennessey so there shouldnt be too many obstacles to making the fight.
Murray returns to action fresh from a career best win over domestic rival Oisin Fagan at the National Stadium earlier this year. The bout was the first time Murray topped a professional card on RTE television, and he was happy with how things went.
Thats what I had been hoping for, that on the night I would put on the performance and remove any doubts about whether I was the best in the country. Oisin put up a good fight but on the night I was the fresher, sharper man and thats what told.
As regards the May 15 contest, Murray is hoping to get more rounds under his belt ahead of tougher tests later in the year.
I havent heard who the opponent will be just yet but I know they are working hard on getting someone who will give me a few rounds. Im doing a six rounder and Im hoping to get the rounds, just for experience and to get sharp. If all goes well and I dont pick up any injuries then Id be ready to fight again in June.
Murray may have his pick of cards to box on in June. Already lined up is Paul McCloskeys EBU title defence against Guiseppe Lauri at the Kings Hall on June 11 a bill that will be televised live on Sky TV. There is also speculation that promoter Brian Peters will soon announce a bill for Dublins National Stadium on June 12, topped by Tallaghts Patrick Hyland in a vacant EU title fight. With RTE expected to televise, it would be understandable if Peters opted to field his golden boy on the state broadcasters bill rather than targeting the UK audience.