John Murray: I Want a Title Shot, I've Waited Long Enough

By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

JOHN Murray is demanding a world title shot after admitting: “I’ve been kept waiting long enough.”

Murray makes the second defence of his European lightweight crown against Spaniard Karim El Ouzaghari at London’s York Hall on Saturday.

And the 26-year-old unbeaten Manchester fighter believes the time has now come for the governing bodies to give him a world title chance.

He said: “I’ve cleaned up domestically with the British and the European title. This will be my second defence and I think that, after waiting, I now warrant a world title shot.

“I don’t want to get bogged down by defending the European title over and over again. I want to move on and test myself against the very best in the division.

“I’ve stopped my last six opponents. I’m showing in title-class fights that I belong to be there. I’m taking the kids out. I’m not going the distance.”

Murray, who will be bidding to extend his unbeaten run to 31, added: “They’re not close fights, either. I’m winning by stoppage every time.

“I’m keen to get a world title shot while I’m in this good run of form. I want it sooner rather than later.”

Murray certainly has enough ring experience to have his wish granted and, having sparred with world champions, he wants to join that exclusive club himself.

Saturday’s bout will be his first under promoter Frank Warren.

He feels the move will help push him towards the world title and said: “If I keep winning, Frank will do his part by getting me a world title shot.

“Challenging for a world belt is a step up, but I’ve sparred with world champs like Ricky (Hatton) and Shane (Mosley) and I felt comfortable in there.”

He is hoping to take on new WBA champ Brandon Rios or WBC king Humberto Soto before the year is out.

Murray v El Ouzaghari tops the bill at York Hall on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1 from 9.30pm.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by leemoorcroft on 04-01-2011

he was let down his last promoter just 30 0 with no real names on there the best hes beat was at best a decent domenstic fighter who was then well past it in thaxton should fight mitchel aug then…

Comment by War-Robbo on 04-01-2011

He needs to look very impressive on Saturday to even have a chance, he isn't a big name i'm afraid...

Comment by BetterCallSaul on 04-01-2011

You're not supposed to wait for a title shot, you're supposed to earn it. Go away, beat some top ranked contenders, and then maybe you'll deserve a shot. As it stands, you have fought nobody, your style is limited, and…

Comment by Drunk Punch on 04-01-2011

He has been kept waiting, but he needs to beat a name before he gets a shot, or become a mandatory.

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