John Murray (30-0, 18 KO) is the reigning European lightweight champion, and in our quest to familiarize more of our American readers with what's going on around the world, here's an interview with Murray done by Frank Warren's team. So in other words, don't expect anything but softballs.
Murray defends his belt on April 2 on Sky Sports against Karim El Ouazghari (11-1-2, 4 KO) in a complete creampuff fight on paper. If you go and look at his record, you'll know that Murray is probably hoping that you won't and that you'll take his word on the idea that the "Spanish champion" can "punch a bit." El Ouazghari won the Spanish title in his last fight, a 10-round decision over a fighter who came in with a record of 8-6-2, and his sheet is incredibly soft, with the best fighter he's faced being Daniel Rasilla. Rasilla stopped him in four.
It's too bad that Murray doesn't have a better opponent for next Saturday, but hopefully he can find something bigger after that. It might be time for him to go world class if that's something in his plan. He's 26, has 30 pro fights, has beaten solid domestic competition, and has been in the pro game for just under eight years now.