Morgan Murray wins Tyne, Tees & Wear Junior ABA title but will be boxing again on Friday

MURRAY'S MINT: Morgan Murray (third from the left with fellow Hartlepool boxers  Jamie Skidmore, Bobby Carter, Callum Measor,  Darren Coombs and Liam Robinson

MURRAY'S MINT: Morgan Murray (third from the left with fellow Hartlepool boxers Jamie Skidmore, Bobby Carter, Callum Measor, Darren Coombs and Liam Robinson

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MORGAN Murray faces a busy time in the boxing ring – but that is just what the talented teen wants.

The 15-year-old fought twice at the weekend in the ABA Championship, clinching the Tyne, Tees and Wear U48 kilo title at Houghton-le-Spring on Sunday.

That set up a titanic tussle with gifted Yorkshire southpaw Sam Clark at Sherburn Leisure Centre this Sunday in the pre quarter-finals.

And anyone thinking the Catholic Club boxer would be wrapping himself up in cotton wool ahead of his biggest test needs to think again.

Murray will box in his team’s final home show of the season this Friday at the Owton Manor Social Club.

“We were not sure about him boxing,” said Catholic Club head coach Paul Allen. “But Morgan’s buzzing about the show so we did not want to pull him out.

“It means he’ll have boxed Saturday, Sunday, Friday then Sunday. But he’s good enough and fit enough to do it.”

Murray will face Doncaster South’s Reece Bradford this Friday, ahead of the clash with defending champion Clark, from White Rose ABC, on Sunday in Durham.

And Murray will go into both bouts in good heart after his split decision success over A Bowden, from West Durham ABC, in the TTW final at Rainton Meadows Arena.

“Morgan made a bit of a slow start,” said Allen. “But he picked up his form brilliantly in the second and third rounds, picking some great shots and combinations and showing some good ringcraft.”