22 January 2009 – By Cormac Campbell
Settling in to John Breens Gym, unbeaten Cavan starlet Andy Murray has told irish-boxing.com if he cannot reach his potential there, he never will.
Enjoying valuable sparring sessions with the likes of Paul McCloskey, Stephen Haughian, Kevin OHara and Neil Sinclair, the Irish lightweight champion returns to the ring on February 7 in Craigavon against Latvian Konstantin Sakara with bigger things on his agenda.
However, he is not about to make the mistake of looking too far ahead.
Its early days yet, he said. Its a good gym for sparring with plenty of lads coming in and out all the time. If I dont learn here now I never will.
“Im easy enough going. I love the sport and Im looking forward to securing big fights this year. But I have to take it one step at a time.
The next step for Murray (13-0 6KO) is Sakara, a man who last year dropped a points decision to the Cavan mans long-term rival, Oisin Fagan.
I have a tape of him (Sakara) and he is a bit of a mover so I have a few things to work on,” he explained.
“As regards Oisin, I think a fight with him will come off at some stage. I know he is injured at the moment but he is always fit and hopefully he will be back in the gym soon enough.
But you dont know what is coming around the corner. Id like to step up in class with an international fight – a ten-rounder, a real learning fight. You never know but Ill worry about this one first.