Irish Pat Murphy, the peoples champion: by brian zelley
*the following video by Terry Murphy of New Jersey
is a video story of his brother, an inductee in
the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.
To truly understand part of the Pat Murphy story,
we need to step back in time to re-visit an old story
that appeared in "Boxing Illustrated", June 1974.
The story was by Jack Welsh and appeared on
pages 31 to 33 and was titled:
"Auto Crashes Draw Pat Murphy's Clan Closer".
The important piece in the opening paragraph
was "...there is no questioning Murphy's
championshipqualities as a human being."
The closing line by Jack Welsh was:
"There is no question Irish Pat Murphy can take
care of himself in and out of the ring plus every
important person in his life."
The video by Terry Murphy on his older brother Irish Pat Murphy.
Of course, the magazine article in 1974 was a
long time before, Pat was inducted into the
New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, but it
demonstrates the character of an individual that
is worthy of any hall of fame.
Canadian boxing fans and alumni would get to
know about Pat's boxing ability after fighting
Montreal's Donato Paduano (a 1968
Olympic boxer for Canada), and the classy
Clyde Gray who fough the likes of welterweight
champion greats such as Jose Napoles. But, others
beyond New Jersey and New York would get to know
and appreciate the boxer and the family man called
Irish Pat Murphy. Some top boxers that he would face
would include Billy Backus and John H, Stracey.