Mur­ray rises to the chal­lenge at Hy­dro

Castlemilk ace stops Hun­gar­ian with body shot

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

Castlemilk boxer Ross Mur­ray over­came the big­gest test of his pro­fes­sional ca­reer at one of Scot­land’s largest boxing venues.

The 34-year-old struck Ti­bor Nadori of Hun­gary with a bru­tal body blow in the third round to take the vic­tory at the SSE Hy­dro on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 7.

Ross, who was fight­ing in the fly­weight di­vi­sion on World Cham­pion Ricky Burns’ un­der­card, was first on the bill to kick things off, be­fore Scott McCor­mack fol­lowed on by beat­ing Hull’s Luke Fash.

Wel­ter­weight Stewart Burt showed his class against Ar­turs Geikins and Burns made a suc­cess­ful first de­fence of his WBA world su­per-lightweight ti­tle against Kiryl Re­likh.

Ross told the Re­former he was glad to have kick-started a suc­cess­ful night for Scot­tish boxing.

He said: “It went well. I stopped him in the third round and it was my first stop­page win.

“I caught him with a body shot about two min­utes into the round and he got back up on the eight count.

“I fin­ished him off af­ter that with a few more body shots and he didn’t get back up.

“He wasn’t bad, he was quite tall and thin so I put a lot of shots into his body. He had a big­ger reach than me so I had to close down his reach ad­van­tage.

“I would say it was my big­gest test on pa­per.”

Ross, who is coached by boxing leg­end Peter Har­ri­son at the Glas­gow Phoenix Gym, was not given much time to study up on his Hun­gar­ian op­po­nent but knew he had a good record in the ring.

The match-up was only de­clared in the week lead­ing up to the fight but Ross knew Nadori had won nine and lost five of his pre­vi­ous bouts, knock­ing out five chal­lengers in the process.

But un­der the bright lights of the Hy­dro and with many sup­port­ers on the side­lines, Ross man­aged to over­come a tricky con­test.

“It was dif­fer­ent class. Even the setup, walk­ing in and get­ting your own changing room. And the fact it was in the Hy­dro be­cause of the size of it.

“It was a good night. All the lo­cal box­ers won and Ricky re­tained his belt.

“I was first on the bill so I was able to get that out the way, get show­ered and changed and watch the rest of the fights.

“There was around 100 of my friends and fam­ily there so I’m lucky they got away from work in time be­cause I was first on the bill. I’m re­ally pleased they got to see me per­form.”

Now with a record of 3- 0- 0, Ross could not con­firm who his next fight would be against but it is un­der­stood to be a likely con­tender at an MGM Scot­land event on De­cem­ber 3.

Handy man Ross and Nadori go toe-to-toe at the weigh-in, in­set, be­fore Mur­ray emerged win­ner, left

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