Heir apparent

22 February 2010 – By Steve Wellings

As soon as Andy Murray had disposed of challenger Oisin Fagan and retained his Irish lightweight title in five rounds, his next possible move was being discussed.

European lightweight champion Anthony Mezaache is set to defend his crown against Manchesters John Murray which means the Irishman could be left waiting for a shot at the belt.

The John Murray-Anthony Mezaache fight is due to take place in March and is being proposed as the first European title fight to be contested in America, explained promoter Brian Peters.

Patrick Hyland, or even Eddie, could be possibilities for Andy and we are assuming that the European title will be tied-up for a while. John Murray is a good undefeated fighter; we work closely with Hennessy Sports so if he beats the Frenchman it could happen.

According to trainer John Breen, Andy was close to agreeing first crack at Mezaache shortly after the Frenchman outscored Jon Thaxton to take the title. Murrays injury, which kept him sidelined until last December, put paid to that idea and if his namesake John takes Mezaaches belt – as I expect he will – then a mouthwatering clash between the two Murrays could develop.

Dean Byrne is another possibility for Andy, added Peters, and I was talking to Freddie Roach about him recently so a few good domestic fights remain for us to pursue.

Murray admitted that after recuperating from a collarbone injury, staying busy is the key to keeping the impetus rolling as he chases the big paydays.

Id like to defend my Irish title or perhaps face an International opponent over 10 rounds and keep ticking over, he said. I dont want to stay out of the ring; I need to keep the momentum running.

Im enjoying my time up with John Breen and the trainings gone really well alongside a great bunch of lads. I am still improving and the defence needs tightening but overall Im pleased with my progress.

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