Murray in pro return
Ross is ready for second professional bout
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