Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Joe Murray Very Frustrated With His Lack of Activity

By Shaun Brown

The second half of this current boxing season will once again bring its share of highs, lows, shocks and controversies but for Joe Murray 12-0 (5) the remainder of the year has him wondering where his career is going.

In 2011, the 25-year-old fought only twice including his first twelve round contest and so far in 2012 his record reads of one fight and one win. When BoxingScene caught up with the former world amateur medallist his frustrations were clear from start to finish.

“I wish someone would tell me what was going on,” sighed an exasperated Murray when asked about his next fight and what was going on with his seemingly stagnated progression.

“I’m sitting waiting on a date. My first fight back in the new season is going to be like my debut all over again the way things have been going. Whoever it’s going to be I want it to be a credible opponent and they’re gonna get all my frustrations taken out on them.”

Nicknamed “Genius” it doesn’t take one to realise that the effect of his promoter, Ricky Hatton, being dumped by Sky is having a profound effect on certain fighters in the once prosperous outfit. Rumours of a Hatton comeback and where that tale may be told is of little interest to a fighter whose career is suffering because of not knowing where his next payday is coming from. But like all good professionals, Murray trains as hard as the next man in the surroundings of the bubbling Gallaghers Gym.

“I’m just out for Joe Murray,” he said. “I’m asking why. I signed a contract that states I was to have four fights a year and that’s not happening. I need to be active. At one point I was on the verge of a British title shot.”

In a few weeks the 2008 Olympian will have to content himself with a spying mission in front of the television once again when current 126lbs king, Lee Selby defends his crown against former champion Martin Lindsay in Belfast. Not so long ago Murray was moving himself into contention with fights against these men and many other domestic leading lights.

So does he feel he’s being overlooked?

“No I don’t think I am,” he responded.

“These guys don’t want to fight me because of my style. They’re asking themselves ,‘Who needs Joe Murray’? And what does he bring to the table?’”

Like many an inactive fighter the effect is also hitting the pockets of him and his young family. A girlfriend who is currently six months pregnant and despite his youth a worry that he’s not getting any younger is making the younger sibling of older fighting brother John, anxious and frustrated.

Indeed when talking about the financial implications, Murray brought up a pinch of regret because of the direction his professional career is heading.

“I was getting paid more as an amateur. I was lottery funded and on really good money. But I done the amateurs and I wanted to go pro because I wanted to find out if I could do it.”

Such is his desperation to fight and his anger at not getting one, Murray had little interest in joining his trainer and his stablemates in a recent training camp in Los Angeles at the Wildcard Gym.

“I don’t need to go to the States to get good sparring and get a good camp. I’ve got it all here. All I want to do is to fight.”

Twitter @shaun_brown

Tags: Joe Murray image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mick Higgs on 09-10-2012

Hatton Promotions are lack luster. Joe should be English champion by now & had a couple of fights on the contenent. Denton Vassell's another one who's being neglected & should be fighting for the British title!

Comment by D-MiZe on 09-10-2012

Hatton's left Murray to rot away for a while now, which is a shame as he's one of our more talented fighters. Damn shame he didn't join Gallagher and the rest of the boys over at the Wildcard gym though.…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Top Rank President is Very High on Teofimo Lopez Demetrius Andrade Not Expected To Face Billy Joe Saunders Next Miller: I Knew Joshua's a Punk; Wanted to Push His Buttons Manny Pacquiao vs. Lucas Matthysse: Afterthoughts Carl Frampton Getting Annoyed By Trash Talk of Luke Jackson Kamil Delighted After Winning The Right To Remain in Scotland Jermaine Franklin Decisions Craig Lewis at Motor City Casino Bellew: I Prefer Usyk-Gassiev Winner - But Fury Easier, Pays More Joshua: Wilder is Definitely Going To Happen - Confident I'll Win! Zeuge's Coach, Braehmer, Went Bonkers After Upset Loss Shakhram Giyasov Picks Up Stoppage Win in First Round Usyk, Gassiev Could Be One Step Away Before Heavyweight Leap Nacho: Canelo Needs The "Perfect Fight" To Beat Golovkin Subriel Matias vs. Breidis Prescott Set For August 18 Photos: Andrade, Vargas, Hooker, Roman Join Hearn, DAZN Photos: Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller - Confrontation in NYC Jarrell Miller-Artur Szpilka in Play For October 6 in Chicago Photos: Anthony Joshua, Alexander Povetkin - Go Face To Face Cindy Serrano Confident That She Will Shock Katie Taylor Chocolatito Solves Visa Issue, Hopes For September Return Joshua Warns Miller: Anyone is Welcome To Come Get The Smoke! Hearn: Greatest Thing To Happen To U.S. Boxing in a Long Time! Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller Erupt in Heated Confrontation Ryan Burnett, Mikhail Aloyan Confirmed For WBSS Season 2 DAZN Fighter Signings, Event Dates, Service Price Revealed Parker's Trainer: We Want 'Fair Referee' For Dillian Whyte Fight Usyk: On Saturday, People Will See Everything From Me Whyte-Parker: Joe Joyce Rules Himself Out, Reveals Trainer Split Pacquiao Coach Would Love Amir Khan Showdown at Wembley Hurd's Coach: Charlo Panics in Tough Spots - We'll Exploit That! Pacquiao: I Don't Know Yet About Fighting Keith Thurman Frank Warren: Fury Has The Tools To Beat Them All Comfortably Trainer: Pacquiao Proved Doubters Wrong, There are Many Haters Charlie Flynn Believes it is Time To Talk Usyk vs. Gassiev - Full World Boxing Super Series Card Price: Joshua Did Not Knock Takam Out Cold - Povetkin Did Hearn: The Offer To Deontay Wilder Will NOT Be Improving! Ken Shiro Looks Forward To a Long Reign as Champion Dooley Noted: The Diminishing of Yorkies, Undercards, PPVs Bivol Prepares For Chilemba, Admits He Has One Eye on Kovalev
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement