19 November 2010 – Jonny Stapleton
Andy Murray will pass his toughest test to date with flying colours in Castlebar on Saturday and is already capable of achieving European honours according to coach John Breen.
The undefeated lightweight could place himself in pole position for a shot a European champion John Murray he if overcomes the talented Claudinei Lacerda (13-1) on the top of a Brian Peters Promotions bill.
However, despite admitting the volcano, who had to be given extra time to make weight, wont lie dormant and has the potential to erupt, Breen believes Murray will prove too good for the World number 14. Indeed, not only does the much respected Breen reckon the Cavan man is ready to overcome the reigning WBO Latino champ the Belfast based trainer is adamant Murray would record a win over European Champion, John Murray right now.
Andy is in top nick. He trained hard as per usual. This is his hardest fight to date but he is ready, Breen told Mirror Sport. I would back Andy against anyone at present. He is extremely fit and I have never seen him hurt in a fight or in sparring. I am confident Andy will do the job against Lacerda and he will enter the world rankings and hopefully become mandatory for the EBU belt.
In fact I would put Andy against John Murray now. John Murray can punch but Andy has a great chin and he fights from range and keeps fighting. He is ready for that fight now.
Meanwhile Patrick Hyland could also take a step closer to a EBU tilt with a win over the ranked Suat Laze (17-3) on the same bill tonight.
The Dublin featherweight believes he can emulate his brother Paulie Hyland, who recently lost to Willie Casey in a sensational continental clash, by securing a coveted title tilt and has his eyes set on another all Irish European dust up.
The middle of three champion brothers, who reigning champion Sofiane Takoucht elected to avoid, believes he is two fights away from adding the EBU title to the most decorated mantle piece in Irish boxing.
The undefeated Tallaght man also told Mirror sport he would love to win that strap in a bout with number one contender Martin Lindsay.
I am feeling confident ahead of this fight but I know it will be a hard nights work, the Irish champion explained.
I believe I am very close to securing a European title fight and I feel ready for one. I think one more big fight and hopefully then I will secure the title shot, he added before discussing rumours he is on a Lindsay collision course.
Martin and I are both Irish, undefeated and in the same weight class. I would say that fight could happen if either of us won the European title. It seems we are both on the right track to making that possible. Martin and I are good friends, but it would be a great fight plus the pay day wouldnt hurt either! I believe it would be a 50-50 fight. It would be great to have another all Ireland EBU title fight. The fans would absolutely love it. It is also a fight I’d like to make happen and I would say Martin would too.