James Murray (boxer)

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James Murray
Boxers Memorial, Newmains Cross - geograph.org.uk - 217117.jpg
Murray's bronze statue in Newmains
Nickname(s) Jim Murray
Rated at bantamweight
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Nationality Scottish
Born (1969-12-07)7 December 1969
Lanark, Scotland
Died 13 October 1995(1995-10-13) (aged 25)
Stance southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 17
Wins 15
Wins by KO 5
Losses 2

James Murray (7 December 1969 – 13 October 1995) was a Scottish professional bantamweight boxer. He died as a result of injuries sustained in his last fight.

Murray was born in Lanark, Scotland. He won the BBBofC Scottish Area bantamweight title in November 1994, and defended it once.

On 13 October 1995 he fought and was unknowingly victim of a bleed in his brain and in his last fight was skiffed and fell to the floor of the ring and had a seizure, this happened in a fight against Drew Docherty in the BBBofC British bantamweight title fight at the Hospitality Inn in Glasgow. He died of brain injuries two days later, aged 25.[1][2] Murray compiled a 15-win (5 by knockout), 2-loss, no draws record.

Prior to that, Bradley Stone died of a brain hemorrhage after he lost his fight for the BBBofC British super bantamweight title at the York Hall in London in April 1994. Frank Warren who promoted Murray's last fight established the Murray Stone Fund named after those two boxers to finance the MRI scan for every British fighter.[2][3]

Murray's bronze statue was erected in Newmains, North Lanarkshire, Scotland in the following year.[4]


  1. ^ John McKie (15 October 1995). "Fresh call for ban on boxing as fighter collapses". The Independent. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Fund to finance brain scans for boxers". Toronto Star. 24 October 1995. p. B.8. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Warren sets up brain-scan fund". The Independent. 24 October 1995. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "The final stages for statue in boxer's memory". Herald Scotland. 20 July 1996. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 

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