It’s far from the most routine comeback fight, certainly not the easiest of clashes to end a nigh on 16 month absence from the ring with.
Jack Brubaker, who Paddy Murphy challenges for the OPBF welterweight title in Sydney this Saturday night, is one of Australia’s form punchers, a new one to watch by all accounts and comes into Saturday’s exciting card on the back of a career best performance.
It’s anything but a ‘gimme’ bout or a ‘ease your way back into it’ contest. Its 10 rounds against a talented foe determined to keep a title.
However, Paddy Murphy claims ‘The Rippper’ was the motivation for his return. The Newry fighter, who drew with current Irish welterweight champion Peter McDonagh in Dundalk back in 2013, claims once offered the fight against an opponent he thinks he has the beating of he jumped at the chance and was instantly motivated to return to the ring.
“The fight against Jack took me back,” he told www.aus-boxing.com. “I had thought about starting training but I was busy with work and kept putting it off. When this offer came – I seen it as a fight that I was confident of winning – and I hit the gym.”
“Jack looked impressive in his last fight,” he continued. “He boxed well and got the guy out of there early, but this is a different fight altogether. We’re both of similar height and reach so there’s no advantage this time,”
“I’m comfortable fighting tall opponents, we’ll see how Jack is on Saturday night.”