Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Murray Keeping an Eye out for His Baby Brother ; Straight-Talking John Takes on Lead Trainer Role for First Time Hoping to Guide Joe to Title

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Murray Keeping an Eye out for His Baby Brother ; Straight-Talking John Takes on Lead Trainer Role for First Time Hoping to Guide Joe to Title

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JOHN Murray is confident baby brother Joe can become the latest champion in the family. The former British and European lightweight king will be in the corner when Joe takes on Commonwealth super- featherweight champ Liam Walsh. The 28-year-old has taken over as his brother's chief trainer from Anthony Farnell.

He is convinced his straighttalking style will bring the best out of the former Olympian.

"I looked at his last two performances and said I didn't think they'd been good," said John. "That's fair enough. I don't think they've been up to standard.

"He got offered the fight with Liam Walsh and judging by his last two fights, he would have been beaten.

"This is a big chance for him. He's going to fight someone who is coming to win.

"I know him better than anyone. I've trained with him since he was 11. I know his style inside out and I am already seeing an improvement."

John has regularly been in his brother's corner - either alongside former trainer Joe Gallagher or Farnell. But this will be his first fight as a lead trainer and will be a baptism of fire in what will be the biggest challenge of Joe's career.

Undefeated Walsh also holds the WBO European lightweight belt and can add the vacant WBO international super-featherweight title to his collection with victory on September 21 at the Copper Box Arena.

By contrast, Joe's only professional title was the IBF Youth featherweight crown, won in 2011, which he never defended.

John said: "I was 100 per cent sure that he wouldn't win if he didn't make changes.

"I didn't want him to go in there and get beat and say that he wasn't happy with his training camp.

"I've done that in the past when I lost to Kevin Mitchell and there is nothing worse. I didn't want the same to happen to him.

"You only get one career, you can't waste it. He needs to act now. …

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