Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Ben Murphy Begs The Board For a Shot at Anthony Crolla

By John Hargate
 
Ben Murphy is known as ‘The Caveman’ by trainer Johnny Eames and those unfortunate enough to spar with the ‘Brighton Beast’ at Canning Town’s TKO gym. And with good reason. According to Eames, after Murphy’s savage and courageous effort against current British light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane in a fight taken at only three days notice, Theophane’s American trainer Harry Kite told Eames to “Put that animal back in his cage” and to “Lock that madman up.”
 
Murphy feels that after such an impressive display he deserves a shot at the British champion at his own weight – lightweight. That man is Manchester’s ‘Million Dolla’ Crolla, and the British Boxing Board of Control meet tomorrow [Wednesday 8th February] to decide who to make mandatory challenger for his title.
 
I caught up with Murphy – a man who beats himself with sticks and sleeps in the woods to stiffen his mental resolve – at the TKO gym recently. He was desperate for the Board to give him a shot at Crolla, and explained why he is deserving of the opportunity.

“Taking the Theophane fight at three days notice without even training for it and pushing him right to the limit for starters,” said Murphy during a conversation with Boxingscene.  “To come that close to taking the title at a weight above where I should be as well. So I think if I was able to do that against an established champion like Theophane, I should get the chance to actually train for a British title fight at my own weight.”
 
Murphy made his impassioned plea to the Board: “Give me the opportunity so I can show what I can do. It shows you a bit of what I can do in the Theophane fight but if given the opportunity at my own weight and with the time to prepare for Crolla then people will see the difference.”
 
After brutalising previously unbeaten Tony Owen in four one sided rounds in his last bout at lightweight, Murphy now feels he has proven against Theophane that he can take his non-stop pressure style to a higher level. “With that experience in the bank I now know what it’s like to go into the later rounds in a tough fight. What you need to be able to do that. At my own weight, with training, I can bring that intensity for 12 rounds.”
 
The Crolla fight promises to be a classic as Joe Gallagher’s fighters aren’t scared of a tear up. Crolla can box when called to, but perhaps doesn’t have the movement needed to make that strategy work against a rampant Murphy. “Whatever happens, it’ll be a really exciting fight with Crolla – no matter what. Let’s get it on.”
 
I asked if perhaps Ben might be content to be placed in a final eliminator for the chance to challenge Crolla. He said he’d take it over nothing but told me: “I want Crolla straight away. I keep thinking of it, dreaming of it, praying for that chance. That’s number one. I hope the Board make the right decision and give me the chance at the lightweight title.”
 
How much would winning the Lonsdale belt mean to Murphy? “It’s everything, isn’t it? I can’t even explain it. It’s a step towards doing something bigger for myself, not just in boxing but in life. Something I feel like I have to get to move forwards. If the Board give me the chance to get it, then from that point on I’d be able to make defences knowing what I’m doing in advance. It’d all be planned out. Then I can train to a set plan with fixed dates and put in everything I’ve got, whereas now I just turn up and give it my all.”
 
We spoke for a moment about the haves and the have-nots in boxing, the ticket sellers and the golden boys, and the journeymen, opponents and gatekeepers. Ben Murphy is a right hand side of the bill type fighter. “There’s so many fighters in the same boat,” he told me resignedly. “I just want the chance to get out.”
 
Hopefully the Board will decide to give him his well-deserved opportunity on Wednesday and at the same time lay the foundations for what promises to be an absolute barnburner.

Tags: Anthony Crolla image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Photos: Pacquiao, Horn - Go Face To Face in Melbourne Photo: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Already Down To 169.5-Pounds Video: Hearn on Joshua-Wilder, British Scene, Brook-Spence, Fury Horn: I Can Stop Pinching Myself - The Pacquiao Fight is Real! Vitali Klitschko: I'm More Than Sure My Brother Knocks Joshua Out! Video: Johnny Nelson Talks Joshua vs. Klitschko Anthony Joshua - Is He Really Ready For This? Video: Loeffler Discusses Golovkin's Future Path, Joshua-Klitschko Chavez Jr. Down To 169.5-Pounds With 10 Days To Canelo Fight! Video: Malignaggi Breaks Down Klitschko-Joshua, Canelo-Chavez Loeffler: Golovkin Will Wait, Focus on Canelo-Chavez Winner Video: Errol Spence Discusses Kell Brook Showdown, Training Video: Tony Bellew on The Future, Possible Opponents, More Video: Vitali Klitschko Talks Wladimir vs. Anthony Joshua Bout Joshua's Coach: Our Job To Prove Klitschko is No Longer Dominant Porter-Berto Bout Drew Average of 468,000 Viewers on Showtime Giovani Santillan Will Face Juan Garcia Mendez on May 19, Ontario Roach: Golovkin Exposed a Bit in Last Fight, Cotto Can Beat Him Joshua Can Be a Nasty Motherf***er in The Ring, Says Mentor Photos: Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko Open Workouts Emmanuel Folly, Unbeaten Prospect, Arrested on Child Porn Charges Joshua: Klitschko's Chin Can't Be Bad; He Reigned for 10 Years Heather Hardy, Charles Conwell Return on May 18, Broadway Boxing Zolani Tete is Now Elevated To FULL WBO Bantamweight Champion Klitschko Brothers vs. British Fighters - A Review and Analysis Frank Bruno: Joshua Could Potentially KO Klitschko "Very Early" Helenius Pounds 'Chisora' Heavy Bag in Camp, Vows Repeat Win Arum: American Fans, Writers Are Warming Up To Pacquiao-Horn Saunders: Tyson Fury Training With Us, Getting in Good Shape Joshua Doesn’t Think He’ll Make More Money Than Mayweather Matthysse's Promoters Don't Know What to Expect in Comeback Bout Rozier: Khurtsidze Will Pressure, Beat Down Billy Joe Saunders! Wilder: Klitschko Needed to be Humbled; Losing Inspired Him Errol Spence Planning Early Arrival to England for Brook Bout Joseph Parker Discusses Hughie Fury's Withdrawal, Facing Cojanu Arum on Pacquiao vs. Horn: It's The Young Lion vs. Old Lion Lewis Crocker Handed Return, June 17 In Belfast Katie Taylor Ready For The Next Big Test on Joshua-Klitschko Bill Lennox Lewis: Joshua Can Be Great - But Not Better Than Me Joshua: My Goal is To Make 'Old' Klitschko Look Like a Novice!
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement