Murray hit by £1,500 fine

MEN James Robson9th July, 2009

JOHN Murray has been handed a heavy fine by the British Boxing Board of Control for failing to meet the weigh-in for his British lightweight title defence against Scott Lawton.

The BBBC came down hard on the Levenshulme fighter, fining him £1,500, as well as £250 costs at a hearing held yesterday.

The 24-year-old had already been stripped of his title, despite comprehensively beating Lawton after six rounds.

Murray's trainer, Joe Gallagher, and manager, Mike Marsden, were handed identical fines.

Murray came in at just 1.8oz over the 9.9lbs limit for the clash at Wigan's Robin Park.

His camp insisted it was a genuine miscalculation on their part and was in no way intended to give the Manchester fighter an advantage over Lawton.

They also hoped the BBBC would show leniency because the weigh-in was conducted on carpet, rather than a solid surface.

Gallagher said Murray was "gutted" at the decision, but added that there were no plans for an appeal.

Murray has intimated he will not seek to regain his British title. Instead, the number 14-ranked lightweight in the world is hoping for a world title shot in the coming months.

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