Feature | Nov 27 2014

John Murray: I want to bring kids through from grassroots to winning titles

Recently retired former world title challenger John Murray tells Paul Wheeler that he is enjoying his new role as a trainer
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John-Murray  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

ALL-ACTION Mancunian lightweight John Murray called time on his career earlier this month at the age of 29 after suffering from consistent problems in his right eye. The former British and European champion, whose final fight was a 10th-round stoppage defeat to former gym-mate Anthony Crolla in April, is admittedly sad that his time in the ring has come to an end, although he realises he has no choice but to hang up his gloves.

“I’ve had issues with my right eye for a while now,” Murray said. “I’ve had double vision for about three years, I’ve had a detached retina and cataracts. I’m nearly blind in the right eye – I can’t even read a text message on my phone if I close my left eye. I’d love to fight on but there’s no way I’d pass a medical now.

“Maybe it’s a good thing that the decision [to retire] has been taken out of my hands, because I’m one of those kids who’d have boxed on forever. I love to fight and I love a tear up. It’s over now, so I’ve got to look forward and not dwell on it too much.”