World title in sights

South Manchester Reporter28th May, 2009

LEVENSHULME'S British lightweight champion John Murray has set himself a timetable that he hopes will see him in contention for a world title in 2010.

Murray makes the second defence of his title against Scott Lawton at Wigan's Robin Park Arena on Saturday, June 13 in a fight to be shown live on ITV4.

The 24-year-old hopes the fight will take him a step closer to keeping permanent possession of the famous Lonsdale belt and set up a showdown with Jon Thaxton for later in the year.

"I won the title against Lee Meager there last year and made my first defence there in January against Lee McAllister, so I'll be hoping for a hat-trick of wins there against Lawton," said Murray.

While Murray insists he is not looking beyond the Lawton fight, he has not hidden his desire to face Thaxton, the former European champion.

He said: "I know Scott well, we sparred together a few years back so I know just how good he is and he's probably improved since then.

"He's a very good fighter and I know it's a potential banana skin for me so I certainly won't be taking him lightly and I'm focusing all my attention on him at the moment."

Murray believes that wins over Lawton and Thaxton would leave him in pole position for a crack at the European title, held by Frenchman Anthony Mezzache following his win over Thaxton in February.

"To be honest, when Mezzache beat Thaxton, I didn't want to let him out of the country because I'm desperate to have a crack at him," said Murray. "I'd love a shot at the European title because winning that can open so many doors for you at world level.

"I'd be very confident of beating Mezzache and if I could finish the year as European champ then I could start looking at a possible world title fight next year. None of that means anything though unless I get past Lawton, so this really is a big fight for me."

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