Wednesday 21 February 2018

Murray gets off floor to extend run

Bernard O'Neill

UNDEFEATED Irish lightweight Andy Murray got back on his feet to beat Brazilian Claudinei 'Volcano' Lacerda in Castlebar on Saturday night and so record the 23rd win of his career.

Lacerda, ranked 14th in the world, had dropped Murray with a right in the first round, but the Cavan fighter got off the floor to chalk up an impressive 98-92 points win after 10 rounds.

The 28-year-old now has his eyes on Manchester-born John Murray's European belt and a world title shot is also being mentioned.

"I was more off balance than anything else with the knockdown, but it was still a good punch and I wasn't complaining about the count," said Murray. "My back leg went and I just couldn't keep my balance.

"It was the first time I was knocked down as a professional and only the second time in my life.

"I'd seen clips of Lacerda fighting so I knew pretty much what to expect. I knew he was fast and tough, and I knew all along that it wasn't going to be easy.

"He was ranked 14th in the world, so this has to move me up a few places, and I certainly feel ready for a shot at the European title.

Meanwhile, Belfast's Ciaran Healy did the double over John Waldron, who he beat two years ago, to capture the Irish light-middleweight title with a fifth-round stoppage.


Unbeaten Dublin featherweight Patrick 'Pajo' Hyland, the current Irish champion, racked up his 21st career victory with a comfortable 78-73 points verdict over Suat Laze of Albania.

Belfast heavyweight Martin 'Iron Man' Rogan outpointed Germany's Werner Kreiskott 59-56 and is planning to get another fight under his belt before the year is out.

Elsewhere on the undercard, local favourite Henry Coyle, Finbarr Eade, Darren Cruise and Paul Truscott recorded wins.

Irish Independent

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