Paddy Murphy claims becoming welterweight king of Queensland has vindicated his decision to return to the pro game.
Murphy elected too take an extended break from the fight profession earlier in the year, but is back and his title winning antics prove he means business.
The Newry fighter, currently based in Oz, laid down Murphy’s law as he stopped Brett John Smith in round four of their title bout in Gambaro’s Restaurant and Function Centre, Brisbane, Queensland.
The win see’s Murphy pic up his first profesional title in just his fourth fight and the former Scared Heart amateur couldn’t be more delighted.
“This vindicates my decision to return to the ring after an extended break and I really have to thank Gareth and all at The Boxing Shop for all the hard training we have put in over the last year,” Murphy told www.irish-boxing.com
“It feels great being champ. It may have been just my fourth fight but I am feeling very comfortable in the pro game. I have struggled to get fights on a few occasions this year with opponents pulling out at short notice but hopefully now that I have the belt more opportunities will arise,” the Newry mad added before taking a more analytical look at the fight.
“The fight went according to plan. I dictated the pace from the centre of the ring. The first three rounds were used to find my distance and my coach Gareth Williams urged me to step it up in the fourth. I caught him a good right which dropped him and the ref gave him a count. I tried to keep the pressure on and the ref stopped the fight soon after. Support from both here and at home has been great and much appreciated. I am looking forward to a few weeks off over Christmas and ill be back in the new year raring to continue where i left off.”