By Aaron Doyle
TINRYLAND man Andy Murphy won his first fight as a mixed martial arts professional at the weekend when he beat Stephen Kilifin in the BAMMA 28 show at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Murphy won after stopping his opponent two seconds before the end of the first round. “It was a fantastic feeling. It was my intention to get that win and it was great to get it,” said ‘Carlow Kid’ Murphy. “I had fought that fight hundreds of times in my head and it was just about physically doing it. I told people before hand that I would win by body shot and I lit him up like a Christmas tree and that was that.”
He was determined to right the wrongs that happened in his last fight, which ended in defeat against Richie Smullen in the 3 Arena last December. “I was a completely different person than the one who went up to Dublin for my pro debut. I went up more in hope than this time where I expected to win,” said Murphy.
It didn’t go all his way in the fight as he was knocked down midway through the first round but he had enough about him to recover quickly and not let his opponent get any shots in or get in any submissions, which was how Kilifin had won his last three fights.
“He tried to get me in a heel hook like how I lost my last fight but I worked on that and defended it well. I had worked with Patrick Wickstead in the training area on that as it was his go-to move,” said Murphy.
Murphy also donated his ticket take to Carlow girl Shauntelle Tynan who continues her fight against cancer in Texas: a total of €174. “It is good to use my profile to raise awareness for the cause. I messaged Shauntelle after the fight and she was delighted,” said Murphy.