Murtagh in fine fettle, even if he does say so himself
By Paddy Appleton
Lee Murtagh can’t wait for tomorrow night’s Irish title fight with Joe Hillerby, telling Irish-boxing.com that he’s revelling in fighting at light middleweight again.
The Leeds born Irish boxer says that he can’t wait to return to what he considers his best fighting weight at the Emerald Roadhouse tomorrow evening in Belfast.
The 38 year old said: I’m feeling great returning to my natural weight after taking title shots at super middle. I don’t regret taking on those fights at super middle, not at all. But I’m glad to be back to my natural weight. Making 11st again has been great, it’s like turning the clock back to 1995 on my pro debut. I laughed when a certain person said I couldn’t make the weight. I made it with no problems at all. I can’t wait.”
Hillerby will pose a tough proposition for the wily Murtagh but he believes that a combination of being back at his most comfortable weight along with the fight being for a title will see him emerge victorious.
Murtagh has had a tough time in the ring recently following defeats to Prizefighter finalist
JJ McDonagh and most recently Curtis Valentine. However the Yorkshire Irishman is in buoyant mood ahead of the headlining fight on the Emerald Promotions card and he will be making sure Hillerby is in for a tough time tomorrow.
“Every shot is my last shot but il still be around if it takes 5 more goes, anyone can quit n most boxers chuck it in too early n live to regret it talking about all there yesterday’s. I’ll keep on fighting to the end.”