By Jonny Stapleton
Lee Murtagh admits Brighton is a strange venue for an Irish title fight, but considering he is prepared ‘to go to hell and back’ to claim the green belt the Leeds based professional isn’t deterred.
The 38 year old veteran hopes its third time lucky, as he challenges JJ McDonagh for the Irish super middleweight title, which is set to be vacated by Anthony Fitzgerald, on February 25 in the Hove Town Hall.
The fighter, who also had an unsuccessful tilt at the Irish middleweight title, was due to be the first man to fight for the The Gaelic Celtic title on Mach 17 in the Leeds Irish centre, but admits the Irish title means more and has set his sights on defeating West Meath’s McDonnagh.
“The Gaelic Celtic title has been put back to April 20th, luckily this fight came out of the blue like it did. The Irish title is more important to be honest and I’m happy to take the title shot no matter how it’s come up. I have heard two tales as to why Fitzy gave it up, but I’m not too interested to be honest. I just want the belt,” Murtagh told www.irish-boxing.com.
“I seen JJ fight when we both fought in City West. He is a tall awkward southpaw so it has the makings of an interesting contest in a strange place. I’d like to thank Assassin Promotions and Tom ward for the opportunity. I’ll be going to hell n back to take this title.”