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ZOO vs Boxer John Murray

John, you’ve gone 30 fights unbeaten. Why has hardly anyone heard of you?
I’ve just been fighting and going about my business of winning titles.  I haven’t been hiding – I just haven’t had the exposure I deserve. Hopefully, now that I’m with Frank Warren, that is going to change.

With a record like yours, you’ve got to be in with a shout of being Britain’s best boxing prospect?

In with a shout? I am Britain’s best prospect! I’ve cleaned up domestically, I’ve cleaned up at European level and I’ve won eight out of my last 10 fights by knockout, so I certainly don’t ever scrimp on the entertainment. It’s just a case
of Frank securing that world title shot and then me bringing the belt back home.

So you like a tear up, then?
I get into people’s faces and tend to drag them round into a bit of a scrap. That’s what I’m good at and it hasn’t failed me so far. The fans love it as well because you’re always guaranteed plenty of action when you come to one of my fights.

Being from Manchester, does this mean you are the next Ricky Hatton?

Well I’ve been compared to him throughout my career and it’s not hard to see why. We’re both down-to-Earth lads, we’ve both been known to have a drink or two after fights and we have very similar boxing styles. I just hope that I can win a world title and take all my fans to Las Vegas for the big fights like Ricky did.

Are you a Blue or a Red?

I’m a Man City supporter, but Manchester is a great boxing city and I’m the man who’s flying the flag at the moment. York Hall will certainly be packed with Mancunians come 2 April and I’m sure they’ll raise the roof!

John Murray vs Karim El Ouazghari: Saturday 2 April, 9.30pm Sky Sports HD 1

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