17 November 2010
Unbeaten Cavan star Andy Murray is hoping to gatecrash the world title scene this Saturday with a win over World number 14 Claudinei Volcano Lacerda when they meet in the main event of the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Breaffy House Resort in Mayo.
The fight is live on RT TWO as European number 3 Murray puts his 22 fight unbeaten record on the line against Lacerda, a 30 year old Brazilian who is the reigning WBO Latino champ.
It’s definitely my toughest fight to date, revealed Murray. I’ve watched a few of Lacerda’s fights and he’s strong, aggressive and he looks to be a puncher but I can’t wait for Saturday now. These are the kind of fights you really look forward to and it’s live on RT which is an added bonus because it really helps to boost your profile.
Murray’s name has been linked with a possible European title clash with his namesake, John Murray from Manchester and the Irish Murray says it’s a clash he’d relish. I’ll be ready for that fight if and when it comes. I’m number 3 in Europe so I’m knocking at the door and as soon as it opens I’ll be ready to take my chance but at the moment Lacerda is the only guy I’m focused on. He’s World rated so this is a chance for me to make an impact on the world scene so it’s a big night for me.
I boxed in the Breaffy House once before and ironically enough that was against another Brazilian, Wellington DeJesus and I stopped him in the first so maybe that’s a good omen for me.
Last time out Murray had an impressive points win over veteran dangerman Johnny Nolasco and he believes that fight has improved his game. You can only learn from being in with guys like Nolasco because they have all that experience and are very crafty. I felt comfortable enough in there, I was trying different things in the fight, some worked, some didn’t but it was a good learning fight for me. I’m always conscious that when you step up in level it’s important that you apply pressure but without being reckless and leaving yourself open and that’s why I tried to do against Nolasco.
In the chief supporting contest on Saturday Irish featherweight Champ, Patrick Hyland takes on Italian based Albanian, Suat Laze in a bout that pits the European number 12 (Hyland) and the Euopean number 14 (Laze).
The two fights will be live on RT TWO’s Pro Box Live from 9:30pm on Saturday with a total of 9 fights on the card including hard hitting heavyweight action featuring Martin Iron Man Rogan and Mike The Rebel Perez while the West will also be strongly represented with John Waldron, Henry Coyle, Finbarr Eade and Darren Cruise also in action.
Waldron will defend his Irish Light Heavyweight title in the first ever Irish title fight in Connaught as he looks to avenge a 2008 defeat to Belfast’s Ciaran Healy.