News February 2014

Gallagher: Murray turned down Cardle. Fight someone like him before you call out Crolla


by @nate_williams23

Anthony Crolla’s trainer Joe Gallagher has responded to John Murray’s claims that he should be next in line to face the WBO intercontinental champion on April 19.

In an exclusive by the Manchester Evening News on Wednesday (February 19), the former British and European champion said: ““I want that fight. I think I can win. We sparred together for years. I can’t see any other outcome than me winning by a knockout.”

Gallagher is frustrated at the arrogance of the 29 year-old’s claims after he turned down an offer to fight Scott Cardle.

A proud owner of a recent LEBA (London Ex-Boxer’s Association) award for his efforts in 2013, Gallagher says Murray will have to work his way through the ranks to earn a fight with Crolla.

“John Murray says he is a dangerous lightweight and no one wants to fight him but he turned down our offer to fight Scott Cardle,” he told Livefight exclusively.

“Now, John Murray’s calling out Anthony Crolla. Murray thinks he can come back to the top straight away. He’s not ranked at lightweight because he’s a light-welterweight, he fought a featherweight and he thinks he deserves a shot at Crolla?

“Well, if you want a shot at Crolla, do what Anthony did against Kieran Farrell and Derry Mathews did with Tommy Coyle and work from the bottom against a young up and comer like Scott Cardle. If you beat Scott Cardle, then you’re back in the mix and we’ll talk.

“You can’t just come back after two years out and think you can take on the number two in Britain. That isn’t how it works.”

Murray has endured a long absence from the ring after losing a WBA world title contest to Brandon Rios in 2011. Results of a following brain scan forced the WBA to put an end to Murray’s career by revoking his licence.

However, he returned in November with a fourth round stoppage of Michael Escobar and after a two-year break, he still believes he’s the best.

“No disrespect to Anthony, but my career is superior,” He told Manchester Evening News.

“Put Crolla or Derry Mathews in with me and they will be taken out in three rounds. Anthony is walking around like he’s the cock of Manchester. I’m number one.”

Crolla was supposed to be fighting next week in Glasgow but a cut sustained in sparring means his first fight in 2014 will be put back a few weeks.

“Million Dollar” will next fight on Matchroom’s April 19 bill in Manchester, and Gallagher says his opponent will likely be the British lightweight champion Martin Gethin.

“On April 19, we want to try and get the British title off Martin Gethin and that’s a fight that has been scheduled to happen for a long time. We will concentrate on that and then see about John Murray and what he’s done afterwards.”

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