Murray eyes route to the top

Sky Sports26th May, 2009

John Murray is hoping that he is three fights away from a shot at a world lightweight title.

The undefeated British champion tackles Scott Lawton in Wigan on June 13 - and although he is refusing to take the domestic dust-up for granted, he is already hoping to manoeuvre himself onto the world stage in the next 12 months.

Victory over Lawton should set up a showdown with Jon Thaxton, while if he can come through that clash unscathed then a shot at the European title - held by Anthony Mezzache - is likely to be on the cards before the end of the year.

And Murray is confident that wins in those three fights should see him in line for a crack at a world title in 2010.

"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 next month.

"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 victory over Lawton will see him face former British and European champion Thaxton.

"That's a fight I've wanted for a few years now so hopefully once I take care of Lawton we can finally get that one on," added Murray.

"Hopefully the Lawton fight will really sharpen me up for that one because I know if I can get past him then the Thaxton fight will be on the doorstep."