Murray rises to the challenge at Hydro
Castlemilk ace stops Hungarian with body shot
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