Exclusive: Recovering Gary Murray talks condition / Paddy Gallagher fight, eyes coaching future

Joe Hewlett 19/11/2017
Gary Murray

Gary Murray has revealed he is on the road to recovery and is feeling better by the day after being released from hospital.

The repercussions of his gruesome encounter with the fellow welterweight Patrick Gallagher left the Glaswegian placed in an induced coma with bleeding to the brain.

Best wishes and prayers from the boxing fraternity was spearheaded by heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua and Martin Murray.

And the Scot admits he has been overwhelmed by the support.

He exclusively told World Boxing News: “I can’t thank the boxing community enough. Not for myself but for my family and the likes of Joshua, Murray and Frank Bruno have all sent their best wishes and full support. Regardless of the level, it’s great to get so much support.”

Giving an update on his current condition, he said: “Aye, I’m feeling better every day since being out of hospital and the rehab is going really well, I’m pleased to be recovering. Never at any point have I been unable to communicate or struggled

Murray gave WBN an insight of what he recalled from fight night: “Before the fight, I can remember being in the changing rooms and seeing my manager and after the fight vaguely speaking to my manager and trainer before going in for my operation.

“I spoke to my girlfriend about it and she said that was what happened, so I remember a little bit, but I don’t know if all of what I remembered what happened or if I am adding bits on because of what happened.”

Murray has also confirmed how he has been in touch with Gallagher since returning home and “wishes him well for the future.” Adding: “Whilst I had the operation, Paddy’s Mother and his family got in touch with mine and I gave Paddy a call to tell him I was recovering well and that I wish him all the luck going forward with his career. He was so apologetic but there’s no hard feelings what so ever.”

The devastating injury has subsequently ended Murray’s professional career. Though, the 30-year-old is aiming to continue in the sport and is eyeing a chance to become a coach.

“My manager is around the same age as me and he’s been fantastic with me through it all. I’d like to get into coaching, I study boxing and am insightful, so I’d like to go down that road. It’s totally different to boxing, you could be a great boxer but be no good as a coach, and it can work the other way around as well.

“You have to start somewhere and there’s a lot to learn but I’m looking at going around a few different gyms in Scotland and have a go at coaching some of the up and coming talents,” he concluded.

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