PADDY Murphy is planning to look good for the camera when he returns to the ring the in Australia on Wednesday night.
The 26 year old welterweight fights for the first time this year when he trades leather with Mark Ramirez live on Fox Sports.
The undefeated Newry fighter has been battling a hand injury rather than foes this year and is eager to get back on track starting with victory on a midweek show in Eatons Hotel.
“I can’t wait to get back into action. It’s been a tough year so far. I’ve had a few hand and wrist problems in the past. I had a re occurrence of an old injury that set me back,” he told Irish-boxing.com.
“I’ve trained hard for two months for this fight. I’ve pushed myself to get back to the level I was at before my injury and I’m feeling as confident as always. The show being shown on Fox Sports. I want to go out there and look good but I’m not putting too much pressure on myself. Getting the win is most important but if I can look good while doing so that will be a bonus.”
Whilst Murphy has been inactive other Irish Oz based fighters Dennis Hogan and TJ Doheny have moved into the World top 15. Murphy doesn’t begrudge his fellow country men, but claims he will use it as motivation it what he hopes will be a busy end to the year.
“I’ve 3 fights lined up before December so it’ll be a busy few months. I’m delighted for Dennis and any other Irish boxer that’s getting their name out there and making big leaps up the rankings. It gives me the motivation to follow suit.”
Hogan, who is penciled in to fight Tim Hunt in Melbourne in October, claims upcoming foe Ramirez, who has lost seven fights, but has never been stopped, has the ability to cause some problems, but not enough to prevent a Murphy win.
“We’ve fought on the same card a few times but I haven’t really paid too much notice. He’s a busy fighter who will look to cause me some problems on the inside but I’m prepared for this and whatever else he decides to bring to the ring.”