Noely Murphy believes he is on the cusp of becoming a New York name


In between Carl Frampton making his Belfast homecoming and Katie Taylor making her U.S. debut, there is another Irish fighter in action.

Sharing the Garcia-Broner undercard at the Barclays Centre with Taylor will be Cork welterweight Noely Murphy [10(2)-0].

The Lou DiBella-promoted prospect fights in his third successive eighth rounder on the bill, and the New York-based Murphy believes he is close to lift-off in the Big Apple

John Duddy is the obvious example, ruling the city in the 2000s with his exciting style and cheerful personality. Murphy already brings a big crowd in his adopted hometown, but he is hoping that this will snowball – and a big performance Saturday night would certainly help.

“I live in Woodlawn, and they call is ‘Spudlawn’ because there’s so many Irish up there and they’re all going to come down and support me on Saturday night so there’s going to be a great atmosphere,” he said.

“I’ll have the crowd behind me, I know all the Irish are going to come out and support me, it’s going to be a great night.”

“I think I have a few fights before my name gets known, hopefully after this fight, I’m looking forward to it.”

Murphy made his Irish debut earlier this year, and claimed the BUI Celtic title with a controlled performance against Avelino Vazquez – despite the hundreds of travelling supports.

However, perhaps due to the stage, Murphy is open to throwing caution to the wind tomorrow against Dominican Julio Cesar Sanchez [11(6)-0].

Ahead of the battle of the undefeateds, the 23 year old Macroom fighter promised “of he wants war Saturday night, he’ll get it.”

Photo Credit: Laszlo Geczo Photography

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