On top of the world
People's champ delivers for Wexford
Stephen Murphy has brought huge honour and pride to many people both in Wexford and all around the country this week as he returned home with the 70 kg. full-contact W.K.A. world title belt.
Stephen travelled to Wishaw, Scotland to fight his worthy Scottish counterpart on Saturday, June 20. Stephen had been in training for this fight for several months and guaranteed his victory in a radio interview a week prior to the bout, exuding an air of pure confidence.
Stephen encountered an electric atmosphere at the venue. He came out to an immensely haunting Irish ballad that captured the gaze and attention of everyone at the show and everyone seemed immediately enraptured by the Wexfordian's presence.
Stephen had set the stage and commented that even though he was not on 'home turf', he found that by the end of the fight the majority of the Scottish crowd in attendance were screaming and chanting his name.
The fight went the full five rounds. Billy Murphy, Stephen's coach and father, stated that Stephen had the fight won by the end of the first round. 'I've honestly never seen Stephen fight like that before.,' he said. 'From the first round Stephen took the centre of the ring and he haunted his opponent and was far more aggressive in his approach.'
A huge Wexford contingent travelled to watch Stephen take victory on relatively foreign soil. Many followers of Stephen from all over the world also travelled to show their support and appreciation of the Wexford fighter.
Silence ensued as the entire audience awaited the final decision. There was no doubt, however, as Stephen's hand was raised in the air to pronounce him the W.K.A. world champion.
Stephen had a significant following on social media also and explained that the genuine and heartfelt support he has received up to, during and after the fight meant a great deal to him and spurred him on throughout his journey to glory.
He hopes that he can be 'the people's champ' and that he can inspire others, particularly the younger members in his club, The Wexford Academy of Martial Arts, to reach for similar goals.
His father, and head coach of the Wexford Academy, reiterated this sentiment by explaining how the younger members in the club have been following Stephen's every move since he has resumed training. 'He has been a true inspiration to all those he has come into contact with. He is such a positive character and a real role model for the younger children in our club who hope to, one day, emulate his successes.'
Huge congratulations to Stephen and we cannot wait to see what he achieves in the near future!