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British Boxing: John Murray “I Will Shine In 2009”

British Lightweight Champion John Murray is aiming to make an early impression in 2009 and he believes he will become one of Britain’s new boxing stars this year.

The Manchester lightweight defends his British crown against Lee McAllister at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan on Saturday, January 17, 2009, in a fight that will be shown live on ITV4.

The Hennessy Sports show also features British boxing’s new biggest star, Manchester heavyweight Tyson Fury, who will have his second professional fight after an impressive knockout pro debut in December.

Murray makes the first defence of his British title after winning the vacant belt by stopping former British Champion and fellow Hennessy Sports boxer Lee Meager in July.

The unbeaten 24 year old kept training during Christmas and New Year, so is in the mood to make challenger McAllister pay for ruining his festive period.

"2009 could be a massive year for me," said Murray. "I can’t wait for this first defence. I want to show people what I’m made of and McAllister is going to pay for ruining my Christmas as I had to train all over it.

"Lee’s a quality operator and he’s worked hard to deserve his chance as mandatory challenger. He has built up a good record and following up there in Aberdeen and I hope a few of them come down on the night of the fight to make it a crackling atmosp here.

"I’ve trained all over Christmas and New Year for this, but the sacrifices make me even hungrier, and McAllister is going to get it for ruining my Christmas. If you want to make it to the top you need to do it and show your dedication, so I had no problem training on Christmas Day and staying in on New Year’s Eve.

"I’m looking to have a busy year and show everyone what I’m made of. I’m looking to be European champion by this time next year."

Tickets are available via the Ticketline Box Office on 0871 424 4444 or the web on www.ticketline.co.uk

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