John Murray says he will earn the respect he deserves by defeating Anthony Crolla

Last Updated: 24/03/14 5:35pm

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John Murray: Hungry for further success

John Murray: Hungry for further success

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John Murray believes victory over Anthony Crolla next month will give him the credit he deserves.

The Mancunian is something of a forgotten man following a two-year absence since losing to then-WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios.

Murray has returned with two wins, the latter of which saw him demolish John Simpson in Glasgow earlier this month.

"Anthony is trying to break into the world scene and I am trying to get back there and land another world title shot so it's the perfect fight."
John Murray

And the 29-year-old now takes on good friend Crolla as the pair clash for bragging rights in their home town.

"I thought it was a great performance against John," said Murray. "Simpson is a tough man and I don't think anyone else in the country could've beaten him the way I did, Anthony Crolla certainly couldn't.

"It would be a tough fight for him and although I would expect him to win I don't think he would've done it the way I did.

"I don't feel that I get the credit I deserve for the career I have had and I use that as a motivation, it's put a chip on my shoulder and I use that to go into the ring and take people out until I do get the credit that's due.

"Anthony is trying to break into the world scene and I am trying to get back there and land another world title shot so it's the perfect fight. I think the winner of the fight will get a world title shot, so the stakes are huge."

Murray had lost to Kevin Mitchell prior to the defeat to Rios and admitted he was jaded at that stage of his career.

"The break recharged my batteries," he added. "I was a bit flat towards the back end of my career, the last four or five fights I was just coming forward with my hands high trying to wear my opponents down because I was a bit worn out.

"But I've had that break and I can see in training that I'm rejuvenated, fresher and sharper."

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