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John Murray Replaces Injured Anthony Crolla on 3/1 Bill

By Terence Dooley 

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom and John Murray have confirmed that the Manchester-based boxer will meet John Simpson at Glasghow's SECC on March 1st.  Anthony Crolla was due to meet Simpson, but "Million Dollar" has suffered a cut in training and is now out of the Scotland Vs England clash.

Murray, 32-2 (19), returned to action in November with a fourth-round TKO win over Michael Escobar at Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester.  It was Murray's first action since an 11th-round TKO loss to Brandon Rios at Madison Square Garden for the WBA lightweight belt in December 2011; the 29-year-old weighed 140lbs against Escobar, but told me that he will still campaign at lightweight.

Simpson dropped to 25-10 (11) after losing by seventh-round TKO against Tommy Coyle in November.  The Greenock-based boxer was coming off a run of three wins — Paul Appleby (TKO 6), Dai Davies (TKO 2) and Choi Tseveenpurev (L12) — and had put his December 2011 destruction at the fists of Lee Selby to one side before running into Coyle. The 30-year-old is running out of time and chances, as is Murray, and their mutual need for a win should set up a compelling clash on the Eddie Hearn-promoted bill, which is topped by Ricky Burns's WBO lightweight title defence against Terence Crawford.  

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JayCho on 02-13-2014

[QUOTE=juandabomb;14233500]Will Martin Murray PLEASE step up and fight GGG on April 26[/QUOTE] John murray is the light weight, not martin murray the middleweight!!!

Comment by Chrismart on 02-13-2014

Shame for Crolla. Murray Vs Simpson could be fun though. I've enjoyed watching both fighters through-out their career..they both always come to fight, and are in mostly exciting fights. Real question mark over Simpson at 135 for me though..seems to…

Comment by juandabomb on 02-13-2014

Will Martin Murray PLEASE step up and fight GGG on April 26

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