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Yanjing Beer Fight Night: Murray keeping busy; Garcia and Perez set for American opposition

Unbeaten Cavan star Andy Murray is surely one of the World's busiest professional boxer's right now. The European number 3 and reigning Irish Lightweight Champ stretched his perfect record to 20 wins with 11 KO's in Belfast last weekend when he scored a second round stoppage win over the normally durable Jon Baguley.

That was the second bout in a three fight run that started in Limerick last month and will culminate in the Neptune Stadium, Cork on Saturday, June 26th when he features on the Yanjing Beer Fight Night as part of “The Undefeated's”..

Murray is one of 6 unbeaten boxers on the card joining fellow Irishmen Gary “Spike” O'Sullivan and Willie “Big Bang” Casey while the exciting Cork based Cuban trio of Alexei Acosta, Luis Garcia and Mike Perez also feature.

Murray opened his year with a impressive headlining win live on RTÉ over Oisin Fagan in an
Irish title clash and the former European Union Champion is now within touching distance of a shot at European Champion and namesake, John Murray.

The Mancunian is targeting a possible World title clash up at Light Welterweight with Amir Khan but Andy Murray's rise up the European ratings means he is now knocking on the door of a title shot.

“I feel I'm ready for a European title shot now but I realise I might have to be patient so it's great to be as busy as I am right now,” said Murray.

“For any pro I think that fighting regularly is the key to improving and progressing up the ranks. It keeps you in routine and it keeps you focused because you know once you have one fight out of the way there is another coming up just around the corner so it keeps you sharp.

“I'll be ready for a title shot whenever it comes around be it against John Murray or anyone else. If it's Murray then I think that our styles would make for a great fight. I've watched a lot of John's fights and I've a lot of respect for him. He's fit, strong and has a style similar to mine so I think it would be a great fight for the fans.”

Murray faces Hungary's Laszlo Robert Balogh in Cork next weekend where he will hope to stretch his unbeaten record to 21 straight wins. Murray's manager, Brian Peters has been delighted with his recent progress. “This will be Andy's third fight in just over 6 weeks and you can see the improvement in his boxing fight by fight. He's becoming a very rounded professional and when his European title shot comes around he'll be more than ready for it.”

Tickets for the Yanjing Beer Fight Night priced €25 & €50 are available from Ticketmaster, all Mahers Sports Outlets, Neptune Stadum 021 4395873, The Wilton Pub 021 4344454, Patrick Thomas 087 9393586, Gary O'Sullivan 085 1789544 and Willie Casey 086 3136925.


Garcia and Perez set for American opposition, Acosta gets Saez

Cork's Cuban sensation's Alexei Acosta, Luis Garcia and Mike Perez will be looking for a hat trick of wins on Saturday, June 26th when they look to extend their unbeaten records on the Yanjing Beer Fight Night at The Neptune Stadium in their adopted city.

The trio, are all World Junior Champions from the amateur ranks and look set for stiff tests on the night of “The Undefeated's” when they team up with 3 of Ireland's most exciting prospects, Andy Murray, Willie Casey and Gary O'Sullivan to bring a combined record to the ring of 65 wins (45 KO's) and 0 defeats.

Super Middleweight Garcia and Heavyweight Perez will face American opposition is the shape of Demetrius Davis and Jason Barnett while Acosta will taken on Argentina's Jose Saez with all three bouts scheduled for 8 rounds.

The experienced Davis is coming off a win over the previously undefeated Arthur Hein in Germany so he will be relishing an opportunity to return to Europe and spoil another unbeaten record.

However Garcia will be keen to build on his impressive recent form which has seen him keep busy by recording two wins in the past month, a points win over former European title challenger Alexander Sipos in Limerick and an impressive stoppage win over Welsh hard man Nathan King at The King's Hall in Belfast last weekend.

“Davis is another good opponent for me and a good step in my career,” said the 22-year-old who's record stands at 7 straight wins with 5 coming by KO. “The guys I have been fighting recently like Sipos and King are not pushovers and they are helping me to develop as a professional. I don't want any easy fights, I want to try and step up every time with opponents who will test me and Davis has a lot of experience and comes with a good reputation.”

Mike Perez's foe is another experienced American in the shape of Jason Barnett. Fresh from his historic two fights in one night on the Andy Lee undercard in Limerick last month the hard hitting southpaw will he hoping to chalk up another KO victory over Barnett, a former opponent of current European Heavyweight Champion, Audley Harrison.

The 35-year-old from Florida has hit something of a purple patch of late having scored consecutive KO wins over John Poore and snapping the undefeated record of Erik Leander.

Acosta will also face an examination of his championship credentials when he taken on former WBC Latino Super Bantamweight champ Jose Saez. The Argentinian went the distance with current IBF World Champ Steve Molitor just last November but Acosta has proved to be a big hitter in the professional ranks so far having won all 10 of his fights to date by KO.

Tickets for the Yanjing Beer Fight Night priced €25 & €50 are available from Ticketmaster, all Mahers Sports Outlets, Neptune Stadum 021 4395873, The Wilton Pub 021 4344454, Patrick Thomas 087 9393586, Gary O'Sullivan 085 1789544 and Willie Casey 086 3136925.


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Article posted on 17.06.2010



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