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Murray happy to face Mitchell


by Gareth A.Davies


The fighter admitted he had "tried too hard to impress”, in his first fight under promoter Frank Warren.


Yet there were plusses: Murray is still on track for a world title challenge, kept his unbeaten record and with 31 victories, the longest unbeaten run in British boxing. He also got 12 good rounds under his belt after six months out.


The pair traded leather over the twelve rounds, Murray committing himself to the finish more often than he needed to, rarely using the jab. He was caught far too often by the Spaniard’s left hook, and will have to employ his jab more.


If Spaniard El Ouzaghari was like the immoveable object, the result was never in doubt. Murray was a clear victor on the judges' cards, 116-110,117-111, and 115-112.


Both men were deducted a point: Ouzaghari for a headbutt; Murray for a punch to the back of the head.


Promoter Frank Warren, to whom Murray has switched after 30 career wins in eight years, was not overly concerned. “There were times when John was looking to impress, trying to take him out with one punch, rather than try to break him down. We’ll look to get him out again in July, and keep him fighting regularly.”


Murray added: “It wasn’t my best fight, it was like having my debut again. I have cleaned up at domestic and European level and I am looking at moving on, but if there is a fight there with Kevin Mitchell on the way to that, then so be it.”


Warren added: “The fight with Kevin Mitchell is a fight I would like to see, the fans would like to see, but the bottom line is that John is the champion and it’s all about what he wants to do.


John is a quality fighter, with a big heart, and the key now is to get him fighting regularly.”


WBA heavyweight champion David Haye says he has learned that Wladimir Klitschko will be fit to take him on in a heavyweight unification fight this summer. The Briton is set to face the IBF and WBO champion on June 25 or July 2 but doubts surrounded Klitschko’s fitness after he twice pulled out of defences against Dereck Chisora with a stomach muscle injury.


Seven countries are understood to be vying to host the contest but Haye said he is “anticipating the fight to be in Germany."


WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is so desperate to fight in front of his home fans in Nottingham he has offered to compensate his paymasters Showtime £250,000 if they switch his next fight there from Atlantic City on June 4.


Froch is due to box meet Glen Johnson, a Jamaican, in the semi-finals of the Super Six tournament which has been organised by the American cable broadcaster Showtime.


Froch has fought away from home in three of his last four fights, all of them for the WBC 12st title belt.


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Mitchell vows to end Murray's unbeaten run


Kevin Mitchell is ready to reignite his boxing career with a domestic showdown against John Murray, and the former British and Commonwealth super-featherweight champion insists he has the tools to end his rival's unbeaten record.


Mitchell was ringside at York Hall on Saturday to cast an eye over Murray's second defence of his European lightweight crown - a unanimous verdict against Spain's Karim El Ouazghari.


Mitchell, ranked Britain's No. 2 lightweight, has not been seen in the ring since his crushing defeat to Michael Katsidis last May, but he says he has Murray firmly on his radar as he bids to re-establish himself as one of the best in the division.


"Murray's at a good level now," he told the Sun. "He's fought for the British, he's fought for the European, he's unbeaten in 31 fights and he's someone I definitely want now."


Despite seeing Murray stretch his perfect record to 31 fights, Mitchell feels he saw enough flaws in his technique to expose if the two agree to a match-up.


"We all know as fighters that it's not a good thing to get caught a lot and to get hit a lot because it'll wear you down over the years," he said. "He's a vey good come-forward, aggressive fighter. At the body and head, he whips them in and he's got a good engine.




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