The Cork man will top his first bill in New York on Tuesday February 7th against an undefeated and experienced campaigner.
The BUI Celtic Nations title holder’s time to shine comes at Times Square as he tops his first bill on Lou DiBella Broadway Boxing card at BB King Blues Club and Grill.
The 23 year old doesn’t just make a step up in terms of his place in the spotlight, with opponent Mikkel LesPierre [18(8)-0-1] certainly representing a move up in class and is the best opponent Murphy has signed to fight.
The bill-topping fight is a someone’s 0 has got to go clash, with LesPierre holding an unbeaten streak spanning over five years.
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The 32 year old American hasn’t tasted defeat since he turned over back in the Summer of 2012 and comes into the clash on the back of a career best win.
Last time out LesPierre stopped former Javier Fortuna foe Mario Beltre in the Dominican Republic to claim a WBC rankings title.
Irish-Boxing.com believes promoter Lou DiBella is planning on ensuring a WBC minor title is on the line and Murphy – who would be then making the light welterweight limit for the first time – will be confident that whatever strap is on the line will be finding a home in Macroom.
“I’m delighted to headline an event in New York City and can’t wait until February 7th. I want to thank Lou Dibella and my manager Kevin Crowley for putting this fight together.
“I’m looking forward to testing myself in the 140lbs division and giving the fans a good fight. Mikkel LesPierre is a tough opponent but I have no doubt that belt is coming home with me back to Cork back to Ireland.”
Murphy will have to make the 140lbs limit for the first time, but his team claim that could be a bonus rather any form of hindrance.
“This will be his first time at 140 as a pro but he has a great team around him and we are confident he will make it the right way and be very strong on the night,” manager Kevin Crowley explained before revealing not only is this a chance Murphy is ready to take, but one he more than deserves.
“I would like to say thanks to Lou DiBella for this opportunity for Noely. It’s a chance he deserves. Noel has done everything that was asked of him so far and has made a lot of sacrifices.”
“When we were offered this fight he jumped at it no questions asked these are the fights that Noel wants at this stage of his career it’s upwards he has to go. It’s great to see Irish fighters getting these opportunities.”
Crowley also explained Murphy’s training situation ahead of the fight and is predicting a large Irish presence on the night.
“Tom Power from Cork will corner the fight along with Noel’s New York trainer Marcos. The way these two trainers work together is unbelievable and only adds to Noel’s arsenal.”
“We expect there will be a lot of Irish support for Noel at this one. We have a sizeable crew from Cork already booking their flights. LesPierre who is from Brooklyn also brings a big crowd so we’re expecting a great atmosphere.”