Boxing:Speed key to Murray’s ABA hopes

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Lightweight Murray, of Leonis ABC, won his second Western Counties crown in three years with a superb victory over the aggressive Jarel Jameson of Yeovil ABC.

Jameson tried to force Murray onto the ropes, but strong counter attacks featuring straight rights put the Jersey lad on top throughout the bout.

Murray now boxes against England international Marcus Poston, the Eastern Counties champion, in Liverpool on 15 November, battling for a place in the ABA semi-finals.

Said Murray: ‘I feel confident after the win on Saturday.

He was a strong fighter, but I was sharper and my footwork was good.

The ABA scoring seems to favour the faster boxer – just get in and out quickly – so I think I’m in good shape for the quarter-finals.’ Middleweight Craig Culkin, also on the card at Launceston Town Hall, Cornwall, failed in his bid to land the Western Counties title when he lost a machine-scoring points decision to the highly respected Marlon Reid from Walcott BC.

It was a close call with Culkin having started well – and convinced at the end that he’d done enough for the decision.

The pair were accompanied by coaches Eddie Stuart and Tony Burt

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