Unbeaten rising star Murray hunting hat-trick

ANDY MURRAY will be hoping for a quick hat-trick when he touches gloves with Hungary’s Laszlo Robert Balogh on the Yanjing Beer Fight Night at Neptune Stadium in Cork on Saturday night as part of “The Undefeated’s”.

The unbeaten Cavan star has to be one of the world’s busiest professional boxers. The European No 3 and reigning Irish Lightweight champ stretched his perfect record to 20 wins with 11 KOs on the undercard to Paul McCloskey’s European title fight in Belfast the weekend before last when he scored a second-round stoppage over the normally-durable Jon Baguley.

That was the second bout in a three-fight run that started in on the undercard to the Andy Lee-Mamadou Thiam fight in Limerick last month and will culminate in Neptune Stadium on Saturday night.

Murray is one of six unbeaten boxers on the Cork card, joining fellow Irishmen Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan and Willie “Big Bang” Casey, while the exciting Cork-based Cuban trio of Alexei Acosta, Luis Garcia and Mike Perez also feature.

Murray opened his year with an impressive headlining win live on RTÉ over Óisin Fagan in an Irish title clash and the former EU champion is now lining himself up for a shot at European champion and namesake, John Murray.

The Manchester Murray is currently stalking Amir Khan for a shot at his world light welterweight title but Andy Murray’s rise up the ratings means he is hammering the door down for a shot at the European title.

“I feel I’m ready for a European title shot but I realise I might have to be patient, so it’s great to be as busy as I am right now,” said Cavan’s Murray.

“For any pro I think that fighting regularly is the key to improving and progressing up the ranks. It keeps you in routine and it keeps you focused because you know once you have one fight out of the way there is another coming up just around the corner so it keeps you sharp.

“I’ll be ready for a title shot whenever it comes around, be it against John Murray or anyone else. If it’s Murray then I think that our styles would make for a great fight. I’ve watched a lot of John’s fights and I’ve a lot of respect for him. He’s fit, strong and has a style similar to mine so I think it would be a great fight.”

Murray’s manager, Brian Peters, is delighted with his recent progress. “This will be Andy’s third fight in just over six weeks and you can see the improvement in his boxing fight-by-fight,” he said. “He’s becoming a very rounded professional and when his European title shot comes along, he’ll be more than ready for it.”

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