By Cormac Campbell
Newry welterweight Patrick Murphy is hopeful of extending his professional record to 3-0 when he takes on debutant Kurt Finlayson in Brisbane on Friday.
Speaking to the Newry Reporter Murphy said, “He is a kick boxer/Muay Thai fighter so I’m expecting a really tough one but my preparation has been great and I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring.”
The 32-year-old Finlayson holds a martial arts record of 74-3-15 (35KO) and has held a number of titles in this field. The notorious difficulty for martial artists making the transition to orthodox boxing is a drastic change in footwork, and because of this Murphy
will be looking to use his rangy jab to keep his opponent off balance.
The former Sacred Heart clubman, the 2008 Ulster Senior Champion, had seen a number of contests called off in recent months before a September 30 rough-and-tumble victory over Mick Shaw set the ball rolling for two further contests before the end of November.
Indeed, if Murphy comes through his bout with Finlayson, he is penciled in to fight Brett John Smith, 5-2-1, in Queensland on November 26.