An Inside Look at Dave “One Two” Murray

dave murrayThe tale of professional cruiser weight boxer Dave “One Two” Murray is just beginning. His tale is one that inspires and shows others that it is not where you start but where you finish that matters. If nothing else, he is a perfect example of how hard work, and perseverance can pay off. Now, Murray takes all of his life’s lessons, blessings and hardships into the ring with him on February 21st at Dover Downs Raceway & Casino.

Murray didn’t have a fairy tale story growing up as it was quite a family struggle, which is a common theme in boxers, as fighters relieve their stress in the structured confines of a gym or the ring. However, just like in every battle, not everyone’s struggles are the same. Murray grew up moving back and forth from New Jersey and Delaware spending short amounts of time with his Grandmother, Aunts, and Uncles. “We were always moving around”, says Murray. After enduring so much pressure and struggle, Murray’s mother wasn’t fully able to be there the way her children needed. As Murray recollects, “(she)had to part ways with us for a while”. Another notable struggle for the undefeated cruiserweight was growing up believing his “father” wasn’t truly his biological father. He wouldn’t “meet” his biological father until being graveside for the funeral of a man he didn’t know.

Murray was ultimately introduced to boxing around age 17 by his older brother whom shared vintage boxing films with him. The fights that peaked a young Murray’s interest were the Ali/Frazier fights. “I was just amazed at what happened” reflects Murray. Upon seeing these films, it wasn’t much longer before Murray’s older brother would find various people he either knew personally, or just wanted to fight coming around to spar the younger Murray in backyards or the streets. “We all loved it” Murray recalls, “But, I never really thought to do it organized.” As time went on, Murray started falling more in love with the sport. He proclaimed “It (boxing) helped me feel better about stressful things going on in my life.”

It wasn’t until the age of 24 when he finally found his home, proclaiming: “When I came to Sifu Greg Pritchett. It (MVJ) was the first gym I ever went to. After that, it was an addiction.” Since his introduction to MVJ Training Facilities, it is a rare occasion not to find “One Two” Murray getting his work in. It’s hard to dispute “One Two’s” hard work and dedication as his training partners can attest to his passion and drive. His Coach and head trainer of MVJ Greg Pritchett states about Murray: “David arrives for every training session 1-2 hours early. He trains 5-6 days a week, and when he needs a day off he feels so bad. Once in 4 years I MADE him take 5 days off and that was after his first pro fight. David is one of the hardest workers in the gym, hands down!”

As with any profession, or passion; sacrifice comes hand in hand. For Murray it’s no exception as he claims: “The biggest sacrifices always have to do with my family. I don’t always get to spend as much time as I want with my family. I’ve been able to spend enough time to keep them strong, and they know what I’m doing, and why I’m doing it.” The toughest times for the undefeated cruiserweight come with balancing having children to care for, two jobs (as a cook, and a security guard), as well as training full time. Needless to say his time is spread extremely thin. Knowing the potential life he could give to his family that he didn’t have growing up, his sole focus is bettering his craft and his families future stating: “Sometimes I have to take my kids to work with me on Saturdays and they sit at the restaurant. But I know the more I put into it (fighting), the more I’m going to get out of it. I want to put everything into this! I want to be able to give back to all the people that have helped me along my journey.”

While most fighters have the initial dreams of Bentleys, and mansions. Murray is a man of simple tastes with aspirations of simply buying a house for his family, as well as a family vehicle. Of course he wants to start off by winning a few regional, and national championships before setting the bar too high. However, in the grand scheme of fighting, every fighter wants to be the champ. This is no different for “One Two” Murray, as he is solely focused on his upcoming fight, however aiming to keep climbing the ladder into title contention . “The sky isn’t the limit for this young, hungry cruiserweight because space is past the sky, and this kid is about to blast off!” boldly says one of Murray’s training partners. Addressing his pro career, Murray exclaims: “I want to go as far as I can go! I only watch the top guys and rising stars, because that’s where I want to be. That’s my aspirations! I don’t ever want to stop. I want to be a good business man, and a great father. Boxing gave me all of that drive, and everyday I’m learning different things about the sport that makes me stronger.”

A long and hard road has lead this young prospect to one of the finest fight venues in the state of Delaware: Dover Downs Raceway & Casino. Murray puts his undefeated record on the line with all of the confidence in himself, his hard work, his team, skill set, and most importantly to him, God. The fight takes place on February 21st with tickets starting at $50. For more information contact Greg Pritchett. “One Two” Murray plans on putting on his most impressive performance yet. A performance he says “Don’t blink because you don’t want to miss this!”



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