Paddy Murphy triumphs down under
It was a special day for 24 year old Newry welterweight Paddy Murphy on Thursday 15th December after he won his first professional title. It took just four rounds for Paddy to get the better of his more experienced opponent Brett John Smith as he went on to win the vacant Australia – Queensland State welterweight title at Gambaro’s Restaurant and Function Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. A very impressive achievement for Paddy in his forth professional fight, having only turned professional in May of this year.
- Paddy Murphy 3(1)-0-0
- Brett John Smith 5(2)-2(1)-1
Speaking to Newry Times about his success, Paddy said, “I’m delighted to get my hands of my first pro belt. It hasn’t sunk in yet. I was able to dictate the pace of the fight and control the centre of the ring from the start. I mostly used my jab for the first three rounds to find my range and started finding the target more in the forth.”
The Camlough native added, “He went down mid way through the forth and took a count from the referee and the fight was stopped about a minute later after a few attacks. I had trained for an eight round fight and had plenty left in the tank which I’m pretty happy with. The support on the night was brilliant and the support from home has been greatly appreciated. My coach Gareth Williams and everyone in the club did their bit to get me this title for which I am very grateful.”
Newry and Mourne Councillor Pat Mc Ginn said that Patrick’s win had given everyone a great lift, not only here in his home area of Cloughreagh but throughout the area. “We are all very proud of Patricks title win. He and his family are well known and respected and we are delighted for them all.”
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