Murphy back in training for September return

PADDY Murphy will fight for the first time in 2014 on September 3 after recovering from a hand injury that has hampered his progress.

The Newry fighter pushed his record to 10-0-2 with points win over Alex Ah Tong in Melbourne last December, but the Queensland State champion hasn’t fought since.

A hand injury put paid to a May bout, but the undefeated welterweight is back in training and is scheduled to fight Scot Charlie King in September. Murphy told the Newry Reporter he is eager to get back in the ring and hopes to string a few wins together before the turn of the year.

“I had a break from boxing after my latest setback but I’ve started training again this week,” he told the Reporter.

“I’m fighting Charlie King who is originally from Scotland but has been in Brisbane for a few years on September 3. I’d like to get two or three fights in before the end of the year to see out what has been a frustrating 2014.”

Murphy along with Irish fighters like Dennis Hogan has benefited from National TV coverage since turning professional in Australia. However, rumour has it, one of main broadcasters of the sport Down Under, could be set to pull the plug on its annual investment.

“The King fight will be live on Fox TV,” Murphy said. “There are rumours that Fox will be cutting its boxing schedule next year but hopefully if the remaining shows this year are a success things might change.

“TV exposure is important in every sport as it helps athletes build their profiles whilst showcasing their skills. Fox Sports only show a small fraction of the boxing that’s happening around the country so although it will be a loss to viewers it may possibly increase attendances so it may not be all bad.”

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