Well-regarded lightweight title contender, John Murray (30-0, 18 KOs), has signed with UK promoter, Frank Warren, after allegedly turning down offers from Golden Boy and other promotional companies.
Murray, 26, has yet to face a ranked, world class opponent, but is regarded as a quality prospect with a possible elite-level upside. The current European lightweight champ is ranked 5th by The Boxing Tribune, but is also ranked by the WBC (#3) and the IBF (#13).
Frank Warren has been a force in UK boxing for 30 years, providing guidance and promotion to stars such as Nigel Benn, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, Prince Naseem Hamed, and Amir Khan. His current stable of fighters includes prospects Nathan Cleverly, Kell Brook, and Dereck Chisora.
“Frank can make the big fights happen,” Murray told The Manchester Evening News. “He got Kostya Tszyu for Hatton, Jeff Lacy for Calzaghe, Marco Antonio Barrera for Khan, all of which were in Manchester, and more recently Michael Katsidis for Kevin Mitchell.
“My ambition has always been to headline arenas.” He continued. “I’ve watched Ricky Hatton fill the M.E.N Arena in his hey day making Manchester the boxing capital of Britain in the last decade.”