Exclusive: Joe Murray admits questioning career direction ahead of British title eliminator

Joe Hewlett 26/07/2017


Joe Murray has secured a fight at Manchester Arena against former sparring partner Matty Fagan.

The Lightweight contender knows a victory could take him within touching distance challenging for the Lonsdale belt.

Murray admitted he has pondered quitting the sport several times after earning such little income in recent fights.

In a frank and honest chat, the lightweight exclusively told World Boxing News: “I’ve been fighting at Victoria Warehouse and I have gotta be realistic. I’m 30-year’s-old now and where am I actually going?

“I’ve had 23 fights, won 21, lost to Liam Walsh who has fought for a world title but I’m still fighting at smaller venues.

“I gotta do something better. If I’m not fighting on the Sky shows and it isn’t paying its way then I need to look at things. There are people on the dole making more money than me, with training and adding travel cost to things, I wasn’t making much of a wage, if this is where I can only get to then I’m not going to box anymore.”

However, a win against his old pal on September 23 could put him on track to bigger fights. Murray believes that his boxing skills will be too much for the fellow Brit when they meet at the Manchester Arena.

“It’s a British title eliminator, we used to go the same gym as each other and train together so we know each other, I can’t wait to go in there and put a performance on. He’s a come forward fighter who likes to stand in the pocket and he’s going to get hurt. On my own point, I’ll be fit and ready to go, if my best turns up and his best turns up then I beat his best.

“In my head, it’s a fight which is a stepping stone to getting in the title mix. In my opinion Fagan’s there because of me and that’s why it’s on a big show. He’s going nothing to lose where as I’m expected to win. I can’t wait as it’s on a Hennessey show on ITV which is great.

“Let’s face it, If I can’t’ beat Matty Fagan then I shouldn’t be in boxing,” the former Olympian concluded.

Asked for his opinion on arch-rival Scott Cardle, ‘The Genius’ didn’t mix his words as he lashed out on Cardle and the whole division.

“The lightweights need to grow a pair of balls, they’ve not boxed anyone. I don’t rate Scotty Cardle one bit. I said it before his loss and I got a hard time over it. He stinks places out, you don’t know which Cardle’s gonna turn up, either one who looks good for three or four rounds or a Cardle who blows up.”

However, Murray is open to settling his grudge with the Liverpudlian if the fight can be made and is confident of the outcome.

“If that fight comes up then I would take it, there’s no reason why I couldn’t beat him. I think I’d beat Scotty in good fashion. But he’s too scared in case he loses,” he added.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95