Boxing cruiserweight Raphael Murphy added to his list of knockouts when he defeated Skylar Thompson at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, on Saturday, July 30, 2016.
Murphy is a young Chicago native who now resides in Harlingen, Texas. He recently signed with promoter Don King. His previous record was 10-0, with eight knockouts. He now has nine.
Although inactive for the last two years, he has continued to actively train. Murphy said, “Preparing for fights, some dates come, some dates go but as a fighter, you have to stay focused.”
Currently, he is a contender in the cruiserweight division, for those under 200 pounds. Murphy hopes to join the heavyweight division; over 200.
Boxing has been a staple in the Murphy family. He comes from a generation of boxers, his dad Ken fought for a world title and his uncle Leroy was an IBF cruiserweight champion. “I’ve always loved fighting since I was young, [sic] if my dad didn’t do it I probably would still love this sport.”
His trainers are his dad, his uncle, and Oliver McCall, who have numerous titles among them. He shared that his greatest boxing moment has not yet arrived, but being mentored and trained by legends is an honor.
Murphy was excited and focused as he entered the ring. He used his jab. He remained patient and did not get hit with any big shots as he attacked and defended himself.
A two-round knockout sealed the victory for Murphy. Afterward, he celebrated with his trainers. Murphy stated, “I felt good and wanted to make a good performance and stay towards the game plan.”
Written by Jarvis Phillips
Edited by Cathy Milne
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