By James Slater
Today in the city of Manchester, promoter Eddie Hearn held a press conference to announce his April 19th card set for The Phones 4U Arena. The bill will be topped by Scott Quigg defending his WBA super-bantamweight title against Nehomar Cermeno, yet the chief supporting fight between lightweights Anthony Crolla and John Murray – which was made official today – could well prove to be the fight of the night. Already, fans – those in Manchester in particular – are excited about this potential thriller. The fight will contest Crolla’s WBO inter-continental title, but this one will really be all about bragging rights.
Also confirmed for action on the card that will go out in the UK on Sky Sports are: unbeaten heavyweight Anthony Joshua, unbeaten Commonwealth featherweight champ Josh Warrington, unbeaten lightweight prospect Luke Campbell, former IBF bantamweight champ Jamie McDonnell and, in a light-welterweight match-up, Tyrone Nurse against Tyler Goodjohn.
On his clash with former stable-mate Crolla, Murray said: “This is the one I have always wanted. I hope that in the build-up people concentrate on us and not (trainer) Joe Gallagher, we’re doing the fighting. This is the reason I turned pro – I want to be on big bills in Manchester. I think this has fight of the year potential.”
Crolla, who is currently trained by Gallagher (who used to coach Murray of course), had the following to say: “This is the biggest Manchester boxing derby there is and I am so excited to be in it. John and I have had lots of great sparring sessions and if they are anything to go by it will be a great fight.”