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Old 01-16-2009, 02:41 PM   #1
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John Murray vs Lee Mcallister
On ITV4 this saturday there is an intriuging match up between the British Lightweight Champion John Murray (25-0 13KO's) and the former '2 weight' WBU 'World' Champion Lee Mcallister (27-1 5KO's).

This match is a compelling one for many reasons. A English vs Scottish, Puncher vs Boxer, Champion vs Contender, Conventional style vs awkward style. But when it comes down to it, its John vs Lee for the British Lightweight Title.

John was voted British Writers Prospect of the Year in 2007 but has failed to capitalise on the coveted award with 2 lacklustre performances against Miguel Angel Munguia and the tricky journeyman Youssef Al Hamidi. However in his last fight he looked spectacular destroying Lee Meager who was still a good fighter albeit a bit shopworn.

Lee has had a good last year and a half stopping tricky veteran Craig Docherty in the 9th for the WBU Lightweight title. After that he moved to Light-Welter and won the WBU Light Welterweight strap by beating the unknown African Mihaita Mutu. And, in his last fight, a warm up boat for Murray, he defeated an unknown European journeyman Arek Malek.

So the fighters are both coming off wins going inot this fight. Now heres my anaylisis of the fight.

I think Murray dosent cope with movement vey well as Al-Hamidi showed before he ran out of energy and i think Mcallister will be able to capitalise on this as he is a good mover. Murray also dosent move his head alot and boxes in straight lines and Lee again can capitalise this using his accuracy and laterral movement. But dont get me wrong Murray has a chance to win this as Lee can be put down as he is off balance when he changes stance and Murray can capitalise on this.

My fight plan for Mcallister would be to work behind a jab, stay away from Murrays right hand, use plenty of movement and angles, keep the fight at a distance, work the body consiatantly, have a high workrate and dont get involved in a fight.

My fight plan for Joe is hands nice and high putting Lee under lots of pressure, working the body constantly not letting him rest or get a distance, catch him as he steps back as he is off balance and move the head to get close.

However there are afew key questions in the fight and whichever fighter answers these questions better will win.

Can Lee cope with Johns pressure and strength?

Does Lee have enough power to keep John off of him?

As you can probably guess I am rooting for Lee but Iwish them both well on Saturday and hope the best man wins.

Cant wait till Saturday!
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