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Comments Thread For: John Murray Targets Anthony Crolla in Manchester Clash
John Murray moved a step closer to an all-Manchester showdown with Anthony Crolla by stopping John Simpson in Glasgow.
Murray, in his second fight back from a two-year absence, was too big and powerful for Simpson who has spent much of his distinguished career at lower weights.
The former European champion immediately set about the Scot with stinging combinations and it was clear the right hand was causing Simpson problems.
The first round was a one-sided affair but Simpson was more positive at the start of the second as he tried to force Murray back.
But Murray soon adjusted and a rapier left uppercut to the ribcage sent his rival down for the first time.
It was a great shot that the 30-year-old did well to recover from but it wasn't long before he was down again after a hook to the same area.
Murray, now looking for the finish, kept up the work rate and when Simpson was dropped for a third time referee Victor Loughlin brought proceedings to a halt, even though the bell would have saved the veteran.
"I've got a lot of respect for John, I knew he'd test me
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