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Murphy to draw on Dundalk experience

By David Kelly

Patrick Murphy admits that he is on a steep learning curve following his draw with Peter McDonagh in Friday night's bill at the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk.

McDonagh stayed in unbeaten Murphy's face from start to finish and Murphy allowed himself to be drawn into a war of attritionwhich ended in a 77-77 draw after eight hard rounds.

Now Newry man Murphy is lined up for a slot on the undercard to Tyson Fury's heavyweight showdown with former World champion David Haye at the MEN Arena in Manchester on September 28.

Australia-based Murphy said: "What a tough nut Peter McDonagh is. My game plan went out of the window from round one.

"I was told McDonagh couldn't hit but he caught me with a good shot in the second round on the top of the head and he hurt me a bit. I should've jabbed more and listened to my corner.

"I didn't work well inside either and I feel I was lucky to get the draw. I certainly don't dispute the draw.

"I'm disappointed with myself but I'll live to fight another day. I felt a bit flat and my punches were off so it's back to the drawing board.

"I got sucked into a dogfight and he didn't take the jab away from me, I gave it to him."

Dungiven's Eamonn O'Kane will be looking to kick on from his exciting vacant Irish middleweight title points victory (97-94) with Dubliner Anthony Fitzgerald on the undercard.

"Fitzgerald's a true warrior but I was by far the better boxer out there and I thought I showed that," said O'Kane, who has moved from Nugget Nugent at the Immaculata club to work with Panamanian brothers Bernardo and Oscar Checa.

"I've won big medals as an amateur so to prove that I can box, it was just a matter of getting re-trained.

"Nugget Nugent was always telling me them things, to box a bit more, but sometimes you just need a new man telling you and that's Bernardo telling me.

"Thank you to the Immaculata team because they were fantastic. Nugget Nugent's going through a hard time, his wife, Marie, died and God rest her. I'll dedicate that win to Marie."

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