Noely Murphy promising a good night for his Red Rebel Army

Cork welterweight Noely Murphy [8(2)-0] will make his long awaited Irish debut tomorrow night, and it promises to be a huge night for the parish of Macroom (population c.4,000).

Murphy, who is based in Woodlawn, New York, will fight on the Red Corner Promotions ‘Unfinished Business’ bill at the National Stadium in Dublin, and he will bring with him an army of fans from Cork.

A popular fighter, Murphy would be considered a ticket-seller in the Irish haven of Woodlawn, but he explained to that “over here it’s going to be a whole lot different. There are three or four hundred people coming up from home, and it’s not a big town either!”

“I’m going to enjoy it, it’s a good moment for me. It’s going to be a good night, I can’t wait to win the belt.”

The former Intermediate champion will box over eight rounds for the first time on the bill, and will take on Galician Avelino Vazquez [4(0)-2(0)] for the BUI Celtic belt. The 22 year old is not all to familiar with his opponent, but is not phased by the challenge posed by the Spaniard at all.

“I haven’t seen anything, I’m just going by what my trainer is telling me, I trust him,” said Murphy before noting how “he’ll come forward and we’ll be working on moves that will catch him.”

“I’ll figure him out quick. I find when you watch a guy who hasn’t fought that much, there wont be consistent mistakes and you’ll focus on the wrong thing. It’s different if they’ve had thirty or forty fights. I’ll just go in and do my thing.”

Murphy has stepped up his level of opposition recently, with good wins over Mohammed Allam and Maxito Sainvil. He described how “I think, the tougher the opposition the better. It can hinder a fighter when he gets things too easy at the start.”

“It’s good to get gradually better opponents, and I think they do that well in America. I think the standard is a bit higher as well. I like that, you realise your ceiling quick enough, whether you’re good enough or not.”

A win tomorrow night in Dublin will see Murphy installed as the #1 in the Irish rankings at 147lbs (current champion Peter McDonagh). While location dictates that he will not be able to stick around and chase a title fight, the Rebel believes that the green belt is in his future.

“We’ll have to go back to New York after this and see what Lou DiBella says,” Murphy outlined. “He’s my promoter and he makes the decisions. I’m delighted he let me come back [to Ireland]. He’ll have a plan when I go back. Maybe [an Irish title fight] by the end of next year hopefully.”

Also featuring on the Luke Keeler v Lewis Taylor undercard will be Eric Donovan, Steve Collins Jr, Lynn Harvey, Chris Blaney, Connor Coyle, Jay Byrne, Allan Phelan. and debutant Thomas Finnegan.

Joe O'Neill

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