Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

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 in there and it made me better in training, and now I'm ready for a big test," Murray told Sky Sports.

"I've had my two comeback fights and everyone wants Crolla in Manchester in April. Me and Crolla will go to war and after the fight we'll go for a pint. We're good friends."

Murray and former trainer Joe Gallagher - who also trains Crolla - have exchanged words publicly with Gallagher insisting Murray should work his way back up the rankings.

But Crolla told Sky Sports he would be happy to fight Murray despite the pair being good friends having sparred many times in the past.

"A fight between me and him would be fireworks and I'm welcoming that fight as well, I haven't got a problem with it," he said.

"I've got a lot of respect for John and the fans will be the winner that night. You can't take too much from sparring but we had some great sparring and if it's anything to go by the fans are in for a real treat."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Dmitry Bivol vs. Trent Broadhurst in Monaco on Nov. 4, HBO Hearn on Jacobs' Options: Golovkin II, Canelo, Lemieux, Saunders Roy Jones: Andre Ward's Place in Boxing History is Near The Top Daniel Jacobs Confident: I See Myself Stopping Canelo! Photos: Jermell Charlo Grinds in Camp For Erickson Lubin Photos: Wlodarczyk Putting in Hard Work For Murat Gassiev Liam Smith: When Williams Feels He's Come Unstuck - He'll Quit! Joseph Parker's Coach: Anthony Joshua's Style is Perfect For Us! Sandor Martin Promises To Take Down Anthony Yigit Golovkin's Promoter: Mayweather Knew What GGG Does To Him Tommy Langford Vows To Bounce Back From First Career Defeat Mayweather, Klitschko, Ward, Jones Create 2022 HOF Debate Rigondeaux's Coach: Now Lomachenko Can Prove His True Worth! Beterbiev vs. Koelling: Vacant IBF Title Likely To Be at Stake Video: Jim Lampley Talks Canelo-Golovkin, Andre Ward, More Video: Roy Jones Jr. Discusses The Retirement of Andre Ward Linares: The Draw Was Best Decision For Canelo vs. Golovkin Joseph Parker May Defend in Japan, Against Kyotaro Fujimoto? Campbell Reveals His Father Passed in Lead-Up To Linares Bout Daniel Jacobs Clarifies Role of Al Haymon in Eddie Hearn Union Nico Hernandez, Tramaine Williams, Zhilei Zhang Get Big Wins Parker: I Can Bring Out The Weaknesses in Anthony Joshua! Jack Culcay To Make U.S. Debut on Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk Fury Camp Believe 'Dark Forces' Are Root Cause of Parker Scores Wilberth Lopez Shocks Jose Roman, Ends His Win Streak Frampton: Frank Warren Deal is Best Chance To Get Massive Fights Rakhim Chakhkiev, 34, Announces Retirement From Boxing Photos: Yunier Dorticos Crushes Dmitry Kudryashov in Two Photos: Jorge Linares Drops, Beats a Very Game Luke Campbell Hearn Reveals Big Plans For U.S. Market, Being a Force on HBO HBO's Lampley Explains: Golovkin is Slipping, He's Deteriorating Photos: Joseph Parker Retains, Majority Nod Over Hughie Fury Jorge Linares: I Would Like To Fight Mikey Garcia Next! Kautondokwa Ready To Send Saunders To Sleep in December Video: Eddie Hearn on Signing Daniel Jacobs, Expanding To U.S. Luke Campbell: I Outclassed Linares, I Landed The Clean Shots! Golden Boy Prez: Canelo-GGG II in Talks, Could Happen in May Video: Daniel Jacobs Discusses HBO Deal, Canelo-Golovkin Daniel Jacobs vs. Luis Arias, Jarrell Miller vs. TBA on November 11 Dorticos: Once I Landed, I Knew it Was Over - I Want Gassiev!
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement