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John Murray Gets a Reality Check, Eager To Fight Again

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

JOHN MURRAY is hoping to get the go-ahead to resume boxing after admitting he has had “a big fall from grace”.

A year ago, Murray was top-of-the bill at Madison Square Garden – but recently he has been working as a labourer.

His 13-hour day routine helping to tarmac roads is a far cry from his challenge to WBA lightweight champ Brandon Rios last December.

He is believed to have earned around £75,000 for that fight in New York where he lost a closely-fought encounter in the 11th round.

He was due to face Gavin Rees earlier this month, but the fight was scrapped because of a medical problem which Murray insists is non-boxing related.

To make ends meet, he has been labouring to avoid any spiralling debts ahead of a British Boxing Board of Control medical today.

Mancunian Murray, a former British and European champion, said: “The money goes quicker than you think. This is a big fall from grace and a reality check. While you’re a boxer you think it will never end.

“Every now and then I will get a boxing fan come up to me and think I am a millionaire because I am on TV.

“I would be out in the boozer getting everyone a round. After a fight you feel like a millionaire, but down the line it’s not there and no one is getting me a pint.

“Sometimes you get carried away thinking it is going to last forever, but I’m 27 and having to graft on the roads is a reality check.

“On the positive side it has given me that motivation to start boxing a bit more clever with my money and not be stupid providing I get my licence back.”

Murray is confident of getting back into the ring soon and said: “I would much rather be getting punched in the head than working on the roads where I was getting up at 5.30am and not getting home until 6.30pm. It was hard graft and six days a week.

“I don’t mind putting in hard graft, but it was a lot different to gym work which is short, explosive stuff.

“This was a slow grind on the body in the freezing cold with the rain pouring down.

“I was joking with everyone that a year ago I was topping the bill at Madison Square Garden and now I’m labouring on the roads grafting my a*** off!

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by project xxx1 on 12-29-2012

[QUOTE=D-MiZe;12869001]:lol1: I've had your bait and snapped your line, you ain't catching me that easy. Don't you have a soft spot for a certain Kell Brook though?[/QUOTE] TBH i dont mind Brook but his fans do my head in,they talk…

Comment by D-MiZe on 12-29-2012

:lol1: I've had your bait and snapped your line, you ain't catching me that easy. Don't you have a soft spot for a certain Kell Brook though?

Comment by project xxx1 on 12-29-2012

[QUOTE=D-MiZe;12868965]You must have me mistaken with someone else.[/QUOTE] take the bait sunshine...............

Comment by D-MiZe on 12-29-2012

[QUOTE=project xxx1;12868960]that's your opinion and you always over hype average British fighters. [/QUOTE] You must have me mistaken with someone else.

Comment by project xxx1 on 12-29-2012

[QUOTE=D-MiZe;12868848]Murray's a good domestic lightweight who'd serve well as a test for our better prospects coming through. I'd consider him better than domestic, European at his peak. Our lightweight scene is strong too so there are plenty of good fights…

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