Gill: Murphy's gonna need his spiritual guru on speed dial

An intriguing lightweight scrap takes place on Saturday when Southern Area champion and recent British light welterweight title challenger Ben Murphy (8-5-1) takes on Cheshunt's Phil 'The Phil Gill Experience' Gill (12-0-2) at the Camden Centre.

Several boxing pundits see Murphy (9st 9lbs), who lasted until the 11th round in his late notice challenge to Ashley Theophane earlier this year, as a clear favourite to successfully defend the belt.

Unbeaten Gill (9st 9lbs), who became British Masters champion after outpointing Ibrar Riyaz in February, has other ideas. He told BoxRec News:

"Has Ben ever faced anyone who puts the pressure on like me that will stand toe to toe? I come into this fight with a good engine and better boxing skills. If he thinks he can walk down and bully me, he's wrong. He will run out of gas standing and trading with me.

"Besides, It's not a question of fitness with Ben -  he is mentally weak. I don't need a guru ringside telling me that I can do it. I know I can."

"He's going to need his spiritual guru on speed dial because I'm gonna mentally break him down.  Lovely guy, but this is business and Im taking care of it."

Other bouts taking place on the 'Collision Course' Camden Centre bill include Minster light heavy/cruiserweight Dan Woodgate (6-1) against Hampshire's Sam Couzens (8-8), Welterweight Lloyd Ellett (3-0) from Brighton taking on Liam Griffiths (1-11) from Bognor Regis, and Bushey Heath's Liam Shinkwin (4-1) against "Dirty' Dan Carr (2-23-2) from Trowbridge, Wilts.

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