Corby welterweight Darren Murray says he wants to give fight fans value for money at the Best Western Hotel next month.
Murray returns to the ring after a couple of years out in front of his home-town crowd a week tomorrow.
The 22-year-old has had back-to-back wins – and both fights were crowd pleasers.
“I enjoy a good scrap and I like to dig deep and put on a show for everyone who’s paid their money to watch,” said Murray.
“People come to the boxing to be entertained and that’s what I try to do.
“I’m a shy lad, but I do like it when people come up to me and say: ‘Good fight the other night.’
“I do want to get as many fans as possible from Corby.”
Murray says there’s a chance Corby fans could see him fighting for a belt sometime next year.
“Titles are a bonus for me,” he said. “I just enjoy fighting!
“I can box, but when I take a shot I think: ‘You cheeky so and so, I’m going to get you back for that’ and we end up having a war.”
Murray says he wants – and needs – tough fights as he works his way up the rankings.
He said: “I don’t just want to build a record by beating up journeymen.
“I want respect for fighting anyone and everyone.
“You need to have hard fights to get noticed – and it’s better for you as a fighter in the long run.
“If you have too many easy fights early, you get found out when you step up.”
Murray is now being managed by Jason McClory and with him behind him, he believes there could be big fights in the future.
McClory is Frank Warren’s matchmaker and also puts on regular small-hall shows.
“Now I’ve got Jason managing me, I will get more fights,” said Murray.
“Jason loves my style and I know he will do his best for me.
“I’m going to stay in the gym and keep the weight off, so if I get the chance for a big fight at short notice, I’m ready.”
Murray admits it’s tough juggling work, boxing and his young family.
He has a one-year-old son Zack with girlfriend Charlie Cotton and said: “If it wasn’t for Charlie, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.”
Top of the bill in Corby features Simon Barclay meeting Russ Henshaw and tickets are available from 07816 290582.