Colm Murphy [5(1)-0] says he felt at home on the big stage and is now planning on becoming a home bird.
The Belfast lightweight moved from fighting in the intimate surrounds of the Europa Hotel to trading leather at the SSE Arena last month.
‘Posh Boy’ didn’t just find himself on the undercard of Michael Collin’s latest Belfast fight night, he found himself in an anticipated domestic title fight.
It’s a platform he enjoyed performing on, felt at home at and one he believes he will grace time and time again.
“I’m an entertainer fighting on that stage comes naturally to me and I look forward to doing it again knowing these opportunities come if you live the life,” he tells Irish-boxing.com.
The BUI Celtic title fight with Ruadhan Farrell came just before the 22-year-old celebrated his first year pro anniversary. The Mark Dunlop guided prospect admits things have progressed quicker than expected. ‘A lot quicker’ in fact, not that he’s complaining.
“I’m happy that I got to move onto 8 rounds with the title being on the line as it’s bringing me on rapidly. But I do admit it’s a bit surreal to have fought in the SSE.”
It is a massive achievement and comes on the back of what is possibly the perfectly plotted debut year. However, Murphy points out that success hasn’t come easy and he has had to deal with highs and lows over the last 12 months.
“It took a while to sink in but it means so much to me to win a title in my first year as a pro,” he adds speaking about the title win. “I’ve sacrificed so much in a year spent in training camp, there were highs and lows but I took every opportunity that presented itself, and now I’m BUI Celtic champion and ranked 15 in Britain with plenty still to come.”
Reflecting on the fight itself the Dee Walsh trained fighter gave a very honest breakdown and had plenty of praise for friend Farrell.
“It was a great matchup between two good friends. I came out sprinting got a bit drunk on my own success and went for the stoppage for the whole fight.
“Ruddy weathered the storm and came back and made it more competitive in the middle rounds but I took the last two which made me the comfortable winner in a barnstormer. It takes two to tango but Ruddy made it a cracking contest that we will look back on fondly for years.”
Picture Courtesy of Belfast Boxers.