UNBEATEN Cork welter Noel Murphy will meet Julio Cesar Sanchez in his 11th pro fight at the Barclays Centre in New York on July 29.
Undefeated New York-based Sanchez has racked up eleven wins so far but has never traded leather outside of his native country, the Dominican Republic.
He last fought in December in Santo Domingo, while Macroom southpaw Murphy, who also fights out of New York, has won ten fights so far – with three wins in 2017.
Both men clash on the Adrien Broner versus Mikey Garcia undercard in Brooklyn, a promotion which will also feature Olympic champion Katie Taylor against an opponent to be confirmed on her US debut.
Murphy’s manager Kevin Crowley reckons that Sanchez will be the Leesiders’ most difficult outing so far but is confident.
"Noel is really excited for this fight and looking forward to a tough challenge. It looks like it will be the only fight where both guys are undefeated on the card, 10-0 versus 11-0, he said.
“This is the toughest challenge yet for Noel and one that a lot of fighters wouldn't take at this stage of their career, but he wants to test himself.
“Marcus Suarez (Murphy’s coach) said training is going good and he will be ready for what ever Sanchez brings.
"Marcus and myself are confident that our man can pull it off. “
Tom Power, coach at the Fr Horgan’s BC on Leeside, is been flown in for the fight and Team Murphy are delighted to have him in their corner.
Murphy and Sanchez meet over eight rounds. The Macroom lefty has won twice at the Barclays Centre in his career and will be aiming for a Brooklyn hat-trick on the Showtime promotion.