Murray gearing up for toughest challenge yet

ANDY MURRAY can enhance his reputation and put himself in contention for a shot at a world title if he impresses against the world No 14 Claudinei "Volcano" Lacerda in the main event on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night card in Castlebar tonight.

The Cavan man puts his 22-fight unbeaten record on the line against the seasoned Brazilian, who currently holds the WBO Latino title, and admitted yesterday that he is facing a difficult assignment.

"It's definitely my toughest fight to date". I've watched a few of Lacerda's fights - he's strong, aggressive and he looks to be a puncher, but these are the fights you really look forward to and the fact it's live on RTÉ is an added bonus.”"

Murray has been linked with a possible European title clash against his namesake, John Murray from Manchester, who holds the belt.

"I'll be ready for that fight if and when it comes," he insisted, " “but at the moment Lacerda is the only guy I'm focused on. He's world rated so this is a chance for me to make an impact on the world scene.

"I boxed in Breaffy House once before and, coincidentally, it was against another Brazilian, Wellington DeJesus. I stopped him in the first, so maybe that's a good omen for me."

Patrick Hyland will bid to take another step towards a European title shot just two weeks after his younger brother, Paul, lost to Willie Casey in their European super bantamweight title clash.

The unbeaten featherweight takes on Suat Laze in the main supporting contest. Hyland is currently rated 12th in Europe at featherweight and with Laze ranked 14th, he can consolidate, if not enhance, his position. However, he will also learn a lot from the experienced Albanian.

"He switches from orthodox to southpaw and in some of his fights he seems to fight mostly southpaw, but I've a good record against left handers,” the Dubliner said. "I've stopped any southpaw I've come up against. The European Champion is also southpaw, so it would be nice to continue that run all the way to the European title."

The first ever Irish title fight to be staged in Connacht will see Mayo's own John "The Warrior" Waldron defend his light heavyweight title against Belfast's Ciaran Healy. Waldron hails from Ballyhaunis and makes his first defence against the man who beat him on his professional debut just over two years ago.

"I feel I definitely did enough to win that fight but the referee saw it differently," he explained. "I had just started in the pros and even then Ciaran was an experienced campaigner and a former Irish champion himself. I've learned an awful lot since and it will be nice to put the record straight."

Light middleweight Henry "The Western Warrior" Coyle makes a return to action on the card in his native county to take on Hungarian Sandor Ramocsa, who has never been stopped in a pro career that has seen him share the ring with the likes of former European champion Cristian Sanavia and former World title challenger Emanuele Della Rosa.

Martin "Iron Man" Grogan, who relaunched his career with a demolition of Yavor Marinchev, in Limerick just two weeks ago, makes a quick return to the ring to take on German heavyweight Werner Kreiskott.

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