Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I Will Prove No Ordinary Joe! ; Murray in Vow after Splitting with Hatton and Gallagher

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I Will Prove No Ordinary Joe! ; Murray in Vow after Splitting with Hatton and Gallagher

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JOE Murray has vowed to remind the world why he was once considered one of boxing's brightest prospects.

The featherweight was part of the last wave of Olympians tipped to take the sport by storm before the latest batch emerged from London 2012.

He admits he wishes he'd stayed on as an amateur to compete in last summer's Games after seeing his career stall.

But after splitting with promoter Ricky Hatton and trainer Joe Gallagher, the 26-year-old is eager to realise his potential in the ring.

Murray, from Levenshulme, hasn't been in the ring for almost a year, but said: "I've always said that I wouldn't be in this sport if I didn't believe I could fight for world titles.

"I'm only 26 and I've never really been caught in a fight or hurt. I've never been beaten. I still feel like I've got a lot to give the sport.

"I feel like I've got a new lease of life - it's like turning pro all over again. I can't wait to show people what I can do and win the British title." Murray was one of the most highly-rated young boxers in the world as an amateur.

He won a bronze medal at the World Amateur Championships in 2007 and was named in the Team GB squad for the Beijing Olympics a year later.

Following the Games, he was snapped up by Hatton's newlyformed promotions company. The Hitman even tipped Murray to follow in his footsteps and become a future world champion.

Murray fought on the undercard of Hatton's clash with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2009. But despite building up a 12-fight undefeated record and winning the IBF Youth Featherweight title, he hasn't fought since last February.

Since then he has seen a wave of new Olympians flood the scene like Anthony Agogo, Tom Stalker and Dancing on Ice star Luke Campbell - making him wonder if he would have been better off competing in London.

"When I look at the other Olympians and the publicity they have got through things like Dancing on Ice, I think: 'I've only had 12 fights and no-one has heard of me. …

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