Mur­ray in pro re­turn

Ross is ready for sec­ond pro­fes­sional bout

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Castlemilk’s Ross Mur­ray will re­turn to the ring on Septem­ber 15 for his sec­ond bout as a pro­fes­sional boxer.

The 34 year old signed with pro­mot­ers MGM Scot­land who have ar­ranged the fight at the com­pany’s Box­ing Din­ner Club, held at the Crowne Plaza in Glas­gow.

Ross trains at the Glas­gow Phoenix Gym un­der the watch­ful eye of coach and Scot­tish box­ing leg­end Peter Har­ri­son who per­suaded him to go pro’. The for­mer Scot­tish Novice cham­pi­onship win­ner was los­ing mo­ti­va­tion for fights at am­a­teur level and was ready to give the sport up if it hadn’t been for Peter’s wise words.

A 34- year- old Castlemilk man is ready to take the pro­fes­sional box­ing world by storm.

Ross Mur­ray lost mo­ti­va­tion per­form­ing in the am­a­teur ranks and was about to hang up his gloves for good.

But af­ter a stern talk­ing to by coach and box­ing leg­end Peter Har­ri­son, the 49kg fighter is con­tin­u­ing his fight for suc­cess un­der new pro­mot­ers MGM Scot­land.

Ross signed with the com­pany ear­lier this year and has al­ready been in­tro­duced to life in pro­fes­sional box­ing with vic­tory in his first bout.

The light fly­weight, who works as a gen­eral man­ager of two builder’s mer­chants in Ed­in­burgh, made his pro’ de­but last month on June 25 in MGM’s Sum­mer Show­down at Bel­la­hous­ton .

And his next bout will come as part of the com­pany’s Box­ing Din­ner Club which is held at the Crowne Plaza in Glas­gow.

“I’ve just turned pro’ but I wish I had done it ear­lier to be hon­est,” Ross told the Re­former.

“I was think­ing of giv­ing it up all to­gether be­cause I was los­ing mo­ti­va­tion for it.

“I was get­ting a bit fed up with am­a­teur and af­ter talk­ing to Peter I de­cided to go pro’.

“Peter told me I’d re­gret it if I didn’t give it shot. I think it was the right de­ci­sion.

“There’s more of a pro’ style to the way Peter coaches up there any­way.

“I think there are only 14 feath­er­weights in Scot­land that are ac­tive so I could be in with a good chance.

“I don’t have an op­po­nent lined up but my next fight will be on Septem­ber 15.”

Ross was a keen foot­baller in his youth.

The for­mer Queen’s Park un­der 16 player made a hand­ful of ap­pear­ances for a Scot­land’s Un­der 21 select side while play­ing for Hill­wood un­til a knee in­jury ended his ca­reer at the age of just 25.

Fol­low­ing ad­vice from his doc­tor who ad­vised him to stop play­ing, Ross found so­lace in box­ing and started se­ri­ous train­ing to keep him­self in­volved in a com­pet­i­tive sport.

“I played for the Scot­land select side with play­ers se­lected from the Pre­mier League we were in at Hill­wood,” Ross ex­plained.

“I had been in­volved in box­ing dur­ing the pre- sea­sons and the Christ­mas break and I’d go to do train­ing with Peter at the gym .

“It wasn’t un­til the knee in­jury that I started tak­ing it se­ri­ously.

“At am­a­teurs I won the Scot­tish Novice and I’ve been in the Scot­tish Elite and the Western Dis­tricts fi­nals too.”

His ded­i­ca­tion is one to be ad­mired as Ross trains on his lunch breaks be­fore re­turn­ing home to his home on Croft­foot Road and the Glas­gow Phoenix Gym for more prac­tice.

One of Ross’ best friends in the sport, Jor­dan McCorry, also signed with MGM Scot­land.

Ross added: “We’ve trained to­gether for around 10 years.

“It’s great to have some­one like that around you be­cause they know what you’re go­ing through with the train­ing and di­et­ing.”

In for the win Ross Mur­ray hopes he will add to his first pro­fes­sional vic­tory

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