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John Murray Vows: I'm Ready To Go To Hell and Back!

Manchester boxer John Murray says he can defy the odds and become a world champion in New York on Saturday night. The 26-year-old faces highly rated WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios at Madison Square Garden. Rios, 25, is unbeaten in 29 fights as a professional and goes into the bout having stopped his last 10 opponents. But former British and European champion Murray believes he has what it takes to cause an upset. Murray's world title shot comes on the back of his first professional defeat - an eight-round stoppage loss to Londoner Kevin Mitchell in July.

"I'm going to go over there to shock the world and bring the title back," Murray told BBC Radio Manchester. "I've been dreaming of this day since I was a little boy - I intend to take this opportunity with both hands and bring it back to Britain."

"I'm going over there as a massive underdog. But I'm really confident I can pull this off. When it comes to fight night, a ring is a ring to me - I've just got to concentrate on my opponent, and that's what I'll be doing. All that training, all those years, this is what it's all been for and this is where it's going to pay off for me. For the next 12 rounds, I'm ready to go to hell and back to bring this title back."

"It's what I needed - it has given me chance to go away from boxing, have a good think about how I was living my life inside and outside the ring and I feel like I've corrected my mistakes. I felt like I let a lot of my friends down, a lot of my family down, and I've got this opportunity now. If I go over there and win this title I think all will be forgotten from the last fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Uncle Rodge on 12-02-2011

I'm pretty sure it's called New York John?

Comment by Box Up! on 12-02-2011

Good luck John. Will be backing you all the way, boxing history is littered with upsets and with a pinch of luck you can become the latest man to cause one. WAR MURRAY !!

Comment by Light_Speed on 12-02-2011

[QUOTE=Thickear;11502564]Brave Murray will be marching into hell alright, but coming back from it might be a problem.[/QUOTE] Yeah it's gonna be a one way trip...

Comment by Thickear on 12-02-2011

Brave Murray will be marching into hell alright, but coming back from it might be a problem.

Comment by War-Robbo on 12-02-2011

Its going to be a War Murray wont stop coming forward, can only see a Rios win but good luck Murray.

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