Abbots Langley boxer Danny Murphy to benefit from father in title challenge

Watford Observer: Danny Murphy has his father in his corner next month: Action Images Danny Murphy has his father in his corner next month: Action Images

Danny Murphy has revealed the secret weapon he believes will help him become a champion.

For the first time in his professional career, Murphy will have his father in his corner when he challenges for the International Masters welterweight title at Harrow Leisure Centre on Saturday, March 1.

He reckons his dad's know how will help him take the belt from unbeaten Londoner Ahmet Patterson.

Sean Murphy won gold at the Commonwealth Games in 1986 and in the professional ring, he landed the British featherweight championship and fought for world honours.

As a trainer, his CV shows he taught Anthony Joshua to box - and the Olympic gold medallist from Watford is currently the hottest prospect in boxing.

Sean has been granted a pro-am license - meaning he can work with amateur and professional boxers - and Murphy reckons his dad could be the key to next month's title fight.

"I've worked with a few trainers, " said the 24-year-old from Abbots Langley, "but dad is the best.

"It's massive to have him in the corner with me.

"He has been there and done it all. A lot of trainers haven't boxed themselves - or haven't boxed at the same level as dad.

"He knows how to deal with cuts and how to win fights after you've been put down. He's come through it all and won. He knows what it takes in there.

"This is definitely the best training camp I've ever had.

"My fitness is good and everything feels right. Every day in the gym, I'm getting fitter, stronger and learning more.

"I'm comfortable training with dad and he brings the best out in me."

Murphy has revealed the game plan that he believes will snap Patterson's unbeaten record.

Patterson has won all 11 fights (three inside-the-distance) and Murphy said: "He's good and if I let him keep the fight long and work at his pace he will beat me.

"But he won't like it if I get close.

"I haven't seen anyone push him back and make him box off the back foot yet. We will see how he handles it.

"He must be good to have won all 11 fights, but I haven't seen him have too many challenging fights yet.

"He hasn't really been pushed yet. He doesn't seem to hit that hard and I can take him out of his comfort zone and make him work at my pace I have every chance of beating him.

"I don't think many people expect me to win and on paper it's an easy night's work for him. It's also a massive chance for me."

Also in action on the bill are Watford talent Romeo Romeao and unbeaten prospect Terry Holmes. Tickets are available by calling 07581 348343.

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