CARPENTER Paddy Murphy is ready to upgrade his trophy cabinet to make room for the Australian title.
The welterweight challenges Rivan Cesaire for the domestic strap in Queensland this weekend coming and is hoping to add the prestigious strap to the Queensland State, Celtic Nations and WBF Asian Pacific straps that already decorate his mantle piece.
The Newry native admits Cesaire will prove his toughest test to date, but is confident it is one he can pass.
“Its’ and honour to fight for the Aussie title and I’d love to back it up with an Irish title,” said Murphy.
“I’ve got a tough nights work ahead of me against Riven Cesaire but I’ve never been better prepared and I know that if I stick to the game plan things will work out.
“Just finished my last sparring session with Cameron Hammond. Feeling really good! This camp had the best sparring possible, including Denis Hogan; Cameron Hammond; Lenny Zappavigna and Sergey Rabchenko,” he added.
“Cesaire is making his first defence of the title that he won in June of this year over 10 rounds. He is not only ranked above me in the Australian rankings but has beaten three boxers who are also ahead of me. He fought for Cameroon in the Commonwealth games in 2006 and has shared the ring with a lot of world class operators.”
Murphy is expecting large support when he fights the Cameroon native and stresses he is determined to give them a win to celebrate.
“I’m privileged to have an opportunity to fight for the Australian Welterweight Title. I love fighting in Brisbane in front of my Team mates as well as the fantastic friends I have made through work and also the Gealic football community “.
Murphy works through the daylight hours as a Carpenter for Kenny Constructions in Brisbane.
“I owe a lot more than people realise to my boss Finnian Kenny, he has supported me through boxing and also through some rough patches in my personal life. On November 8,I will show my supporters how appreciative of the support “