CORK welterweight Noel Murphy wants a title shot by the end of 2019 after cruising to victory over Dublin’s John Joyce at the House of Blues in Boston in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Murphy hammered out a unanimous 80-71 decision on all three cards after eight rounds, with the Leesider earning one 10-8 frame after flooring the Lucan orthodox.
Unbeaten Joyce started brightly but took a count after being dropped by a sweet left hook from the New York-based Leesider midway through the first round.
Murphy bossed proceedings after the knockdown, with Joyce, boxing in his eight pro outing, looking disorientated from his visit to the canvas. The Corkman systematically went about his business from that point on.
Joyce rallied briefly in the penultimate frame but was straightened by a right hook from Murphy who showcased superb footwork, head movement and ring craft on his way to arguably the most impressive win of his career.
The decision improves USA-based Murphy, who fights out of the Bronx by way of the Rebel County, to 13 wins, a draw and a loss in 15 bouts. Joyce drops to one defeat from eight fights after being mostly outclassed on St Patrick’s Eve.
Both men embraced after their New England All-Ireland and Murphy, who was planning to attend the Boston St Patrick’s Day parade with his manager Kevin Crowley on Sunday, paid tribute to the Dubliner’s durability.
”I felt good in there, I put him down but he was very tough, fair play to him. It was a good fight to get back into the groove of things, the upbeat Leesiders told the Echo immediately after his victory.
“The plan is to carry on how I started this year and keep winning and we’ll see what Kevin (Crowley) has lined up. Hopefully, I’ll have another three fights this year. I hope to be back up to where we were before 2018. I’m after working my way back up to that level again and hopefully by year’s end I will have won a tile.”
Meanwhile, European champion Michael Faulkner (Northside BC) is into the last four of the Open Senior Cadets after recording an inside the distance win at the National Stadium on Friday night.
The Northside BC light fly stopped Dubliner Kian Duff in the first round and will be back in action this Saturday. Dylan Bradley (Muskerry BC), William Casey (Charleville BC) and Sino Gaffney (Bantry BC) also won at the Stadium on Friday.
The semi-finals will be decided this Friday and Saturday at the home of Irish boxing.