UNBEATEN Cork welter Noel Murphy is lining up another fight in Ireland by the end of the year after dominating en route to his 10th straight victory in New York in the early hours of Friday morning.
The Macroom southpaw silenced opinionated American puncher Brian Jones on a unanimous decision – 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73 – after eight rounds on a Lou DiBella Entertainment Broadway Boxing card at the Paramount Theatre.
The 22-year-old New York-based Leesider, who is promoted by DiBella, has now won nine fights in the USA and one in Ireland in a career which is quite clearly gathering momentum.
Danny Milano joined the Murphy team as cuts man recently and had to earn his keep in the Big Apple after the current Celtic champion suffered a cut near his eye early on.
But the two-time Irish amateur champion – after being patched up by Milano – fought his way through the injury to earn a comfortable victory with two judges giving him all eight frames against an opponent who has won 14 of his 21 fights.
Kevin Crowley, Murphy’s manager, hailed the win and reckons the Macroom lefty had too much in his arsenal for the experienced American.
“He looked good. The opponent defiantly came for a fight but Noel had too much skill for him. Jones was a bit awkward and had that experience of 21 fights and Noel had to deal with a cut from the third round on, said Crowley.
“But our new cut man Danny Milano took care of it and kept the blood out of Noel’s eye. He felt great in there and said he could have went more rounds no problem. His fitness is at a serious level now which is great.
Crowley also believes Murphy showed commendable discipline in letting his fists do the talking against the LA fighter who had a lot to say at the weigh-in – and during the eight-rounder He added: “The opponent was talking a lot of rubbish at the weigh-in and throughout the fight as well. So it’s great that Noel can check that of his list in how to deal with a guy who talks crap and try’s to get into your head.
“These are all great learning curves for Noel, the more different styles and personalities he meets on the way up the ladder the better for him.
“I will be talking to DiBella entertainment and hopefully try and get Noel out again in late July or early August in New York with Ireland also in our sights for the end of year or start of next year.
“He will take a few days off, but knowing Noel he will be back in the gym early next week. He’s delighted to be 10-0 and with the support he got tonight in Brooklyn.”