Skill v Will – Noely Murphy promises he will be too good for John Joyce


The guts of John Joyce [7(4)-0] will not be enough for the guile of Noely Murphy [12(2)-1(0)-1] in Boston this Saturday night according to the red half of the Cork v Dublin battle.

New York-based light welter Murphy is expecting a tough night’s work when he faces the solider on a Murphys Boxing card that will also play host to fights for Spike O’Sullivan and Niall Kennedy.

The former BUI Celtic welterweight champion predicts the TDP Lucan native will bull forward from the first bell and try to make things physical.

It’s a high enough profile fight against an opponent coming to win and could certainly be considered a dangerous one for Murphy whose 2018 saw him lose to Mikkel LesPierre before drawing with Andre Byrd

However, he believes he has the skills and pedigree to deal with aggressive approach from his larger opponent and will end up frustrating Joyce to secure victory.

“I know he’s tough as nails and comes forward a lot, he’ll be in good shape, My boxing will be too much for him, though,” Murphy told Irish-Boxing.com when discussing a fight which was first mooted by Joyce on the site.

“I see him coming forward and being strong for the first few rounds, but getting frustrated.”

“I’ll be too quick for him. He doesn’t have the skills to trouble me if I stick to the plan,” noted the former all-Ireland underage and Intermediate champion whose amateur achievements far outweigh those of 32-year-old Joyce.

All but two of Murphy’s fights have taken place Stateside, while this clash will be Joyce’s first outside Ireland.

However, the 24-year-old Macroom man doesn’t think that will prove a major factor and the Woodlawn-based man notes how he is entering new territory too.

“It’s going to be a great fight I can’t wait for it, the place will be packed and it’s my first time fighting in Boston as well.”

“It may be an advantage but I know he’s coming with a lot to prove and so am I. At the end of the day a ring is a ring no matter where the fights on.”

The clash is the first all-Irish meeting for both and indeed the first of potentially many domestics at welterweight.

Murphy claims the derby element of the clash adds extra spice and really has gotten people talking.

“Definitely, I think it adds a lot to it, even people coming up to the fight get more excited when they see I’m fighting an Irish fella!”

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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com