AMERICAN welterweight André Byrd has been confirmed as Noel Murphy’s opponent for New York on Friday night.
The Macroom southpaw is slated to meet the Jacksonville puncher over six rounds at the Amazura Concert Hall in Queens, New York, on December 7 on an Uprising Promotion.
The pre-Christmas outing will be Murphy’s first test since losing for the first time in his career to Mikell LesPierre on a unanimous at the BB King Blues Club in the Big Apple last February.
The 24-year-old New York-based Leesider has been training in the Bronx under Marcus Suarez ahead of the 14th outing of his paid career.
His Cork coach, Tom Power, joins him early this week.
Byrd has won six of his 11 outings. Despite dropping a points decision to Lanardo Tyne in Michigan last time out in April, the American will be a tough test, according to Murphy’s Cork-born manager Kevin Crowley.
”All is going well with Noel and he’s eager to get back in the ring again,” said Crowley, who lived in New York for 19 years.
“He’s training very hard. The American looked for this fight and it will be a hard one for Noel, but that’s exactly what he wanted.
“He didn’t want to be going too far back down the ladder at this stage.
“This fight and it will get him right back in the mix,” added Cork-based Crowley who will join Murphy in New York tomorrow.