John Murray will target second world title shot if he defeats Anthony Crolla
John Murray hopes to be rewarded with a world title shot if he defeats Manchester rival Anthony Crolla.
Last Updated: 19/04/14 11:29am
Murray returned to the ring in November after a two-year absence and will battle Crolla on the undercard of Scott Quigg's world title defence at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports.
A stoppage win over John Simpson showed that Murray remains a threat in the lightweight division and the 29-year-old wants to target the belt holders if he gets past Crolla.
"I am a better fighter after my break and it doesn't matter what Anthony comes with, because I will have an answer for it," said Murray, who was halted by WBA king Brandon Rios in 2011.
"I am going to win the fight, and I am going to do it in brutal fashion as well.
"I am expecting a really tough fight. I know how tough Anthony is; he is on the verge of fighting for a world title. I see myself getting back up to world title level as well so it is going to be a tough fight.
"I think I deserve a world title fight. If I beat Crolla, I think the next fight should be a world title fight. I have shown I am world class against Brandon Rios.
"I know I have had a break but that break wasn't down to me, it was down to the brain scan. It was out of my hands but I have been in the gym working hard.
"I put on a devastating display against John Simpson and proved that I am still a contender. If I beat Crolla I will prove I am deserving of a world title shot, and I hope I get that.
"I am not worried about Anthony; he will be more worried about me. I think me at my best beats Anthony at his best. This is the biggest fight of my career. I am looking forward to it and I am really up for it."
Quigg defends his WBA super-bantamweight title against dangerous late replacement Tshifhiwa Munyai, while Josh Warrington puts his Commonwealth featherweight title on the line against Rendall Munroe.
Callum Smith, Tyrone Nurse and Hosea Burton also feature on a packed bill this weekend.