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 Froch: Smith is Not Ready For DeGale, Should Face Dirrell First Pedro Diaz on N'Dam's Big KO Win, Golovkin vs. Jacobs, Gamboa Luis Ortiz: Miller Will Have To Back Up The Crap He's Talking Adonis Stevenson: Unfair Haters Call All of My Opponents 'Bums' Danny Garcia: Not Worried About Critics Who Won't Say it to My Face Eubank Jr: In a Rematch I Would Annihilate Saunders in Four! Pacquiao: In The Eyes of The People - I Beat Floyd Mayweather Andrew Selby Faces Diale For WBC Regional on Eubank-Quinlan Wilkins, Karkardi To Appeal BBBofC Bans Over Nick Blackwell Manny Pacquiao: I Would Fight Conor McGregor - Only in Boxing De La Hoya Worried: Chavez Jr. Could Derail Canelo-Golovkin Plan Danny Garcia on Father's Racial Jabs: I've Heard Trump Say Worse! The Return of Zab Judah Ricardo Mayorga Holds Press Conference, Reveals April 1 Return DeGale: Mayweather Came To My Room, I Doubt I'll Work With Him! Cuadras Sides With Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. To Take Down Canelo Canelo-Chavez: Big Promotional Tour on Tap, Big Undercard Plans Photos: David Lemieux, Curtis Stevens - Face To Face in Montreal Chris Eubank Jr: I Can Beat Gennady Golovkin, He's Not The Truth! Photos: Adam Lopez vs. Danny Roman - Official Weigh-in Leo Santa Cruz: I’ll Fight Different Than in First Frampton Bout Froch: I'm Very Confident Callum Smith Beats Anthony Dirrell Juan Jose Velasco Faces Fernando Marin in WBA Regional Clash Oscar Valdez Yearns For Gary Russell Unification Bout Dejan Zlaticanin: I Will Catch Mikey Garcia and Knock Him Out Brooklyn Boxing With a Big 2016, Bigger 2017 is Expected Garcia Feels His Resume Stronger Than Thurman's, Has Proven More Kid Galahad vs. Joseph Agbeko on Eubank-Quinlan PPV Card Dodson Offered Buglioni Title Shot; Would Land On Haye-Bellew Golden Boy Promotions, ESPN Announce Multi-Year TV Deal Callum Smith: If Dirrell is Next in Line For WBC Belt - Let's Do It! Richard Commey, Fredrick Lawson Back in Action on March 11 Michael Conlan on His Relationship With Conor McGregor Trainer: Charlo Should Fight Top 15 Middleweight, Become a Contender Hearn on Brook-Spence: Khan Worth 3 Times More, 3 Times Easier Thurman: Angel Garcia Wants the Limelight; Should Let Son Speak DeGale: Groves Should Drop WBA Shot, Fight Me For The IBF! Liam Smith vs. Liam Williams Showdown in Play For April 8 Callum Smith's Trainer is Not Buying Badou Jack's Weight Issues Haye, Bellew Could Lose Licenses if Further Violence, Says Hearn
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement