Press Release: Undefeated super featherweight prospect John Murray (16-0) has signed a long-term promotional agreement with UK promoter Hennessy Sports. The 21-year-old from Manchester will now box exclusively for the promotional outfit, with his next outing scheduled for the undercard at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on July 12, 2006. Sky Sports televise. "I am delighted to announce that John has now officially joined the team on a long-term basis," began company head Mick Hennessy. "There has been a bit of speculation about his future and several other major promotional companies have attempted to sign him, but John has always been personally committed to Hennessy Sports so it was just a case of formalising that. It’s great to have him on board. Despite being only 21, he has already boxed in America and Canada where he won the fans over." In preparation for his six-rounder next month, Murray will shortly be travelling down with his trainer Joe Gallagher to the main Hennessy Sports gym in London to spar teammates Billy Corcoran, John O’Donnell and Lee Meager. According to Gallagher, he is already in sizzling form. "John’s on fire at the moment," he said. "John Murray is a great product and now he has a promoter that will sell it properly on an ongoing basis." "It’s a bit like he’s turning pro again, but this time it’s been done the proper way. He’s got a long-term contract and is being given notice for fights into the future. He is very upbeat, but he still realises that he has got to do the business in the ring so he is focussed on his training. He wants to prove to Mick that he is no longer a prospect, but a contender." His last bout was eight rounds of extreme attrition, with Murray claiming a technical decision over tough Colombian Nacho Mendoza when severe swelling to his forehead left him unable to continue.