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Lee Murtagh’s Boxing Diary – Ten Year Show and the Boxing Rapper

Lee Murtagh’s Boxing Diary – Ten Year Show and the Boxing Rapper

I can’t emphasise enough how much I was looking forward to my last show, ten years as a promoter and all that. However, in the week leading up to it, I started to feel unwell and it turned out I’d […]

Lee Murtagh – Double Bronze

Lee Murtagh – Double Bronze

Sam Smith made her much anticipated London début at the legendary York Hall earlier in the month. I would love to say she scored an impressive first round victory, well she did but again her Latvian opponent fell short of […]

Lee Murtagh – Garforth Town FC

Lee Murtagh – Garforth Town FC

Only one place to start this issue, Sam Smith and her first big title fight as a professional boxer at my show at Garforth Town FC at the beginning of the month. Her opponent Zsofia Bedo came from Hungary and […]

Lee Murtagh – Malta and Pryzm

Lee Murtagh – Malta and Pryzm

I’ll start in Malta, where Sophie and Graham Mattison made their ‘European debuts’ on the ‘Strictly Boxing’ Show’ which was televised in Malta and took place at the Monte Kristo Estates which looked like a bullring. Sophie fought a four […]

Lee Murtagh – Fighting Down in Bethlehem

Lee Murtagh – Fighting Down in Bethlehem

      “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”  Mark Twain  Well, it’s finally happening, ‘Fighting Down in Bethlehem’ aka ‘Lee the Movie’ sees its […]

Lee Murtagh – Pink Collar Boxing

Lee Murtagh – Pink Collar Boxing

          Regular readers will be aware women’s boxing has a special place in my heart. From the early days when I began to train Sam Smith, I realised just how difficult it was for women who […]

Lee Murtagh – Causing Mayhem in Malta

Lee Murtagh – Causing Mayhem in Malta

As a boxer, I always respected a ref who allowed the fight to flow; a nod or gesture here and there or a few quick, choice words is better than stopping the fight and wagging your finger, people come to […]

Lee Murtagh – Highs and Lows and Sam Smith Again

Lee Murtagh – Highs and Lows and Sam Smith Again

  I’ll start at my last show at Prysm Night Club on June 8th. A big thank you to everyone who came, it was a sell out with a fantastic atmosphere.  In the ring, the show had it all, explosive […]

Lee Murtagh – Women’s Boxing Super Six

Lee Murtagh – Women’s Boxing Super Six

As many of you know, women’s boxing is something that’s close to my heart. I first became interested when I started to train Sam Smith around seven years ago. It was always difficult to get fights for her and though […]

Lee Murtagh – Films, Malta and Licenses

Lee Murtagh – Films, Malta and Licenses

A mixed bag this issue. I’ll start of with the ‘Boxing Down in Bethlehem’ film which is been made by local film maker Ronald J. Wright. Ron started this project about two years ago. At the time, he just wanted […]

Lee Murtagh – Billy’s a Hero…at last

Lee Murtagh – Billy’s a Hero…at last

There’s only one place to start this column, the recent show at Bramley Villagers Club which brought another EBF title to Bethlehem. The evening started well with Shabia making his debut as a white collar boxer followed by Dean Ash […]

Lee Murtagh – Bramley Leeds and Boston Massachusetts

Lee Murtagh – Bramley Leeds and Boston Massachusetts

Traditionally boxing gets off to a slow start in the New Year but for me this time it’s a little different. I had to cancel all fights towards the end of last year due to personal reasons but I want […]

Lee Murtagh – EBF – Setting the Record Straight

Lee Murtagh – EBF – Setting the Record Straight

As regular readers will be aware, the shows I put on are licensed by the EBF which stands for the European Boxing Federation. I became involved with the EBF about six years ago. It’s a fully insured semi professional licensed […]

Lee on the big screen at Celtic Park

Lee Murtagh – Celtic Park and Life Begins at 40!

I’m starting this one off with a different sport – football. I finally got to go up to Celtic Park and was on the pitch beforehand where I got a fantastic reception from the Parkhead faithful. I must admit I’m […]

Lee Murtagh – American Adventure v Hector Camacho Jnr.

Lee Murtagh – American Adventure v Hector Camacho Jnr.

It seems an age ago since the Camacho fight. But in some ways I’m glad it’s been a few weeks as I can write this column with my reflective head on. The whole American experience was out of this world, […]

Lee Murtagh – A Man Without Ambition is Dead.

Lee Murtagh – A Man Without Ambition is Dead.

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. Barack […]

Lee Murtagh – Two New Titles for Bethlehem

Lee Murtagh – Two New Titles for Bethlehem

A topsy turvey last few weeks, I’ve arranged to fight here there and everywhere and then dates, times and schedules have changed,  two or more offers have come at once it’s become a case of which way to jump. Before […]

Malta, Ballet & American Again

Malta, Ballet & American Again

A funny last few weeks. We had Channel 4 down at Bethlehem a couple of times. They initially contacted Sam with regards to making a documentary on non-ballet people learning ballet. The production team came and had a chat and […]