MACROOM southpaw Noel Murphy is in a bullish mood ahead of tomorrow night’s showdown with Mikkel LesPierre in New York, according to his Cork coach Tom Power.
Murphy, who fights out of the Bronx, meets LesPierre, who fights out of Brooklyn, in the main event of the evening in a crosstown derby on an eight-bout card at the BB King Blues Club in Time Square.
The clash between the two unbeaten prospects will be broadcast live on Broadway Boxing and was recently upgraded from an eight-round non-title bout to a ten rounder with the vacant WBC USNBC welterweight belt on the line.
Twenty-three-year-old Murphy, who is nine years LesPierre’s junior, goes into the scrap with an unblemished 12-0 record. His Trinidad and Tobago-born opponent has won 18 and drawn 1 of his 19 outings.
Murphy, the current Boxing Union of Ireland Celtic champion, has vowed to add another title to his collection in his adopted city.
“I’m looking forward to testing myself in the 140lbs division and giving the fans a good fight. Mikkel LesPierre is a tough opponent but I have no doubt that belt is coming home with me back to Cork,” he said.
LesPierre said he’s tired of being overlooked and his team insists that they will meet the Leesider’s aggression head on.
His coach, Don Saxby, warned that they're ready for whatever Murphy's brings into the ring and that if he changes his game plan they’ll change their tactics at “the drop of a dime”.
The former Irish international trained under his New York coach Marcus Suarez right through Christmas for the biggest outing of his career so far and is ready to deliver, according to Power who joined Team Murphy in New York along with manager Kevin Crowley last week.
“Noel is really up for this one and he’s put so much into training over the last few months for the fight. He’s in a bullish mood and he’s confident that he’ll win. It’s a tough one, but Noel will be ready for it,” said Power of the Fr. Horgan’s BC.
Murphy will have the support of his fellow Macroom southpaw Christina Desmond and Cork boxing on the Lou DiBella show and a number of fans are travelling over from Cork for the fight.
“Our main event is a terrific crosstown battle between two undefeated welterweights, both of whom will have very loud and passionate fan bases on hand,” said DiBella, who promotes Murphy and who has previously told the Echo that he’s very impressed with the progress the Leesider has made in the paid ranks.