8 January 2009 – By Mark Doyle
Cavan’s Andrew Murray has signed a deal with promoter Brian Peters that will see him join the John Breen stable of boxers in
Undefeated lightweight Andy Murray has joined Brian Peters impressive stable of Irish fighters.
Murray, who holds Irish titles at both lightweight and light-welterweight, has appeared on a number of Peters cards since turning professional just under four years ago but has now agreed a managerial deal with the Meath-based promoter.
It was a very easy decision to make signing with Brian, the Cavan native enthused.
You only have to look at what hes done for professional boxing in Ireland in the last few years and the job hes done with people like Bernard Dunne, Paul McCloskey and others.
Even last year when I wasnt under contract with him he kept me busy with fights and it was great to get some TV exposure as well.
Despite his obvious potential, Murray has endured frustrating periods of inactivity over the past few years. His deal with Peters should change that but Murray is adamant that he will not make the mistake of trying to make up for lost time by cutting corners in his bid to make it the top.
I just want to keep stepping up each and every time until Im ready for those big fights. I know Im not the finished article yet and you want to learn from each and every fight but Ive no doubt Brian will deliver those fights for me and then when the chance at a major title comes along Ill be ready for it, he vowed.
Murray will train in Belfast at John Breens gym alongside British light-welterweight champion Paul McCloskey and Prizefighter heavyweight champion Martin Rogan.
His first outing under Peters’ guidance will be on February 7 in Lurgan on the undercard of another member of Breen’s gym, welterweight Stephen Haughian.
That fight should shake off any ring rust hell have and allow him to get an understanding with his new trainers, John Breen and Eamonn Magee, Peters explained.
After that well be looking to step up the level of competition and start directing him towards the European title. I have no doubt that Andy is capable of becoming European champion and once hes at that level the worlds his oyster.
The promoter added: Andys an exceptionally talented fighter but he has all the other attributes as well to make it to the very top.
Hes very marketable, hes level headed, he has a great work ethic and hes very focused on what he wants to achieve in boxing.
His career has been a slow burning one to date but I believe he will really take off this year.