Harlingen cruiserweight Raphael Murphy (8-0, seven knockouts) is going into the holiday season feeling pretty good about his boxing career.
After having several of his scheduled fights earlier this year canceled before they happened, Murphy finally had his first bout of 2013 on Oct. 5 at Pharr Events Center, where he won by technical knockout against Andrew Greeley.
He followed that win with a six-round unanimous decision victory over Grover Young (7-11-1, four KOs) of Memphis, Tenn., on Nov. 22 at Star Plaza Theater in Merrillville, Ind. Murphy won in a fairly decisive manner, as the scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
“The fight (against Young) went really well,” said Murphy, who sometimes also fights as a heavyweight. “It was great for being my first time going against a southpaw.
“He was a very game fighter,” added Murphy, a native of Chicago. “I never let him get (into) the range (he wanted). He wanted me to get into a fight with him, but I stayed focused and kept on boxing him. I was able to hit him with some good left hooks to the body and jabs to the head. It was awesome.”
Murphy said his next fight might be in February or March in the Rio Grande Valley.
“I’m going to stay training just in case,” he said.
DRUMMER BOY UPDATE: Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (20-2, 14 KOs) of Weslaco was scheduled to fight in the WBC’s heavyweight tournament Dec. 13 against Russian Oleg Platov (33-1, 26 KOs) in Cancun, Mexico.
Last week, Molina, who teaches and coaches at Edinburg Economedes, said the heavyweight tournament has been postponed and added he’s not sure exactly when it will be held.
Whenever it does take place, the winner of the 12-fighter event in Mexico reportedly will receive $500,000 and a mandatory title shot against Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs), the WBC champion. The tournament bouts are scheduled to be televised by FOX Sports.
UPCOMING: The “Back with a Vengeance” boxing show presented by Triple A Promotions is set for Dec. 7 at Harlingen’s Casa de Amistad. Scheduled to headline the show are Brownsville bantamweight Sergio “Time to Shine” Perales (22-2, 14 KOs) and Pharr lightweight Mario “Kilo” Amador (4-0, two KOs).
It appears Harlingen light middleweight “King” James De La Rosa (21-2, 12 KOs) will not be fighting on the card. De La Rosa has a fight contract with Don King Promotions, and an OK from King to appear on the Triple A Promotions show is required. He hasn’t received clearance as per his contract from the semi-retired King.
For ticket information to the Dec. 7 show at Casa de Amistad, call (956) 216-5990.
STFC 28 is scheduled for March 1 at McAllen Convention Center. For ticket information, call (956) 681-3804.
Roy Hess writes for The Brownsville Herald. You can reach him via email at email@example.com.