Joe Murray, the Manchester born boxer is a perfect example of a boxer having two sides to their career.
The first part of Joe’s career as I see it was his amateur days when he won bronze at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago. Then when he went on to fight at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Later turning professional in 2009 facing Sid Razak in a six round contest Murray won on points.
Joe racked up a impressive 14-0 record, capturing the IBF youth featherweight title on the way. In 2013 his first defeat came at the hands of Liam Walsh by majority decision.
Joe was inactive for over a year after that fight – returning with a TKO win over the then undefeated Gyula Tallosi.
In February 2015 Joe faced off again against Liam Walsh for the British and Commonwealth titles, losing by TKO and again was inactive for over a year.
The changing point was in 2016 when Joe Murray laced up the gloves again and returned to the ring, but a new and improved version of Joe had emerged in and out of the ring now.
Murray moved up to the lightweight division and has been more active than ever. His return there was a TKO win over Abdon Cesar.
Then in July of 2016 he faced Ibrar Riyaz, winning on points in front of a packed house in Manchester.
Next up was Danny Little. Again Joe pulled of an impressive points win. Only 14 days after the fight with Little Joe Murray travelled over to Denmark with short notice to square of against unbeaten prospect Rashid Kaseem.
This was undoubtedly the best performance of Joe’s career to date. Murray was rocked early on in the fight but showed real grit and determination and came back to drop Rashid twice in a lively opener.
Murray went on to dominate and finish Kaseem in the 6th round with the KO of the night and his career. The KO got Joe the Knockout of the month award on BoxNation TV and rightly so.
Published On April 13, 2017 | Boxing News
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