New York-based Cork fighter, Murphy has been handed a real chance to impress as he takes on the the Brooklyn native on a Lou DiBella Broadway Boxing card at the B.B. King Grill in Manhattan on Tuesday February 7th.
The unbeaten Macroom 23 year old could see his stock significantly rise if he overcomes his toughest challenge to date.
However, after feeling overlooked for his entire five year career ‘Slikk Mikk’ feels it’s his time and claims he is ready for a period at the top.
Last month LesPierre knocked out Mario Beltre in the sixth round in the Dominican Republic to capture the WBC FECARBOX 140lb. title and is adamant he will build on that win in just over three weeks time.
“I have been overlooked my whole career,” said LesPierre. “However, I did it my way. It’s chess, not checkers and I’m here to stay.”
Former Andy Lee and Matthew Macklin promoter Lou DiBella is running the show and is promising a good fight and a good night.
Dibella asserts that it’s not only a meeting of two of undefeated fighters, but a battle between two passionate supports.
“We’re very excited to return to our Manhattan home at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill for another action-packed card,” said the president of DiBella Entertainment.
“Our main event is a terrific crosstown battle between two undefeated welterweights, Noel Murphy and Mikkel LesPierre, both of whom will have very loud and passionate fan bases on hand.”
Murphy starts his 2018 campaign with a breakthrough chance following a highly successful and busy 2017, which featured five solid victories.
Most recently, Murphy returned to Ireland to win an eight-round decision versus former EU champ Gyorgy Mizsei Jr in October at National Stadium in Dublin. Prior to that, fighting on the Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia undercard on July 29th, Murphy impressed the Barclays Center crowd with another eight-round decision versus the formerly unbeaten Julio Cesar Sanchez.
However, 32 year old LesPierre offers a substantial challenge and step up for the highly-rated Rebel who will be fighting over ten and at the light welterweight limit for the first time.