BROKEN bones are a natural hazard in boxing, but usually it's noses and fists that are at risk. Andy Murray and Oisin Fagan, who fight for the Irish lightweight title next month, tell different tales of woe.
Murray broke his collarbone in a training accident last September, but he made a winning return before Christmas and insists he will be fully fit to take on Fagan in what promises to be a thriller. Unbeaten Cavanman Murray and dogged Dubliner Fagan will square up in one of four Irish title fights on Brian Peters's first promotion of the year at the National Stadium on February 13.
"I've finished the physio work on my shoulder and I'm back in full training for what I know is going to be a very hard fight," said Murray, holder of the European Union belt and rated No5 for the full European title. "Oisin has been in with some of the best and he has lots of experience from the time he spent in the US, but I'm confident I will win."
Fagan, too, has fully recovered from a freak ankle fracture he suffered when he went down awkwardly before being stopped in the second round by Amir Khan just over a year ago. "I'll go toe to toe with anyone in the world," he declared, "but I've been unlucky at times. I know my luck has to change at some point and I feel this is my time to shine."
Galway's Coleman Barrett meets Dubliner Colin Kenna in the first Irish heavyweight title fight for 13 years, while Patrick Hyland defends his featherweight belt against Mickey Coveney, a Londoner with Co Cork roots.
Finally, Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald and Leeds-based Belfastman Lee Murtagh will decide the vacant Irish super-middleweight title. Tickets for the show cost €30-€60.