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 Last update:  2/22/2014       Read more by Jake Donovan         
   
Hatton Promotions Releases Martin Murray
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By Jake Donovan

The old saying goes, you can lead a horse to water but you can't lead him to drink. 

After offering Martin Murray a number of drinks in the form of title fight offers, Hatton Promotions has finally decided to tell the middleweight contender to bugger off

A statement released by Hatton Promotions has announced their decision to allow Murray's contract to expire, leaving the contender as a free agent. His potential upside isn't as appealing as most perennial Top 10 contenders, however; visa issues and a history of turning down fights leaves the Brit in a curious situation. 

"We got Martin a British title, a Commonwealth title and two world title shots," informed Ricky Hatton, the former two-division champion now turned full-time promoter. "We secured him two further world title shots in the past few weeks and all he had to do was make up his mind which one he wanted."

Offers for world title fights with Gennady Golovkin and Felix Sturm have been on the table for a number of weeks, but Murray has decided to hold off signing any agreements. 

The delay comes on the heels of Murray pulling out of a scheduled middleweight interim title fight versus Jarrod Fletcher, which was supposed to take place Febraury 1 on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin's knockout of Osumana Adama.

The withdrawal from that fight was largely due to the belief that Murray would land a title fight rematch with Felix Sturm, who became a four-time champion after a 2nd round upset knockout of Darren Barker earlier in the year. The fight with Sturm was on the table, as was a potential showdown with Golovkin, viewed by many as the best midldeweight in the world. 

Instead, the middleweight is now left without a title opportunity, or a promoter to support his cause.

Murray signed with Hatton Promotions in 2009, two years into his pro career and still a six-round prospect at that point. He has since received two title 

When Martin was signed in 2009, he'd never boxed beyond eight rounds and had largely featured non-televised shows.

Since then he has won the British and Commonwealth crowns and boxed for two world titles. One was a showdown with Sturm, resulting in a 12-round draw in their Dec. '11 showdown in Germany. 

The more celebrated of his two title fights came last April, when he came oh-so-close to upsetting Sergio Martinez on the road in Argentina. Murray floored the reigning lineal middleweight king, but faded late and allowed a narrow lead to slip away as he dropped a controversial decision. 

Absolutely nothing of note has since happened in his career, other than leaving a slew of fights on the table. 

"He's had six world title fights offered to him in the last two years. I don't think anyone's had more than that," Hatton said. "To say I'm disappointed is an understatement, but that's the game."

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of the Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
Tags: Ricky Hatton , Martin Murray


 

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comment by D-MiZe, on 02-23-2014
Matchroom hold a monopoly over here, they have every date on Sky and are like a middle man. They'll sell other promoters TV spots if they have a good relationship and Matchroom have no need for it. It's a piss take, they should encourage promoters to battle it out, creating cards to capture th...

comment by robust_, on 02-22-2014
His visa doe.

comment by TGD, on 02-22-2014
[QUOTE=Enzo Mc is ****]Very strange. He was very much on the up not long ago. Who does Hatton still have?[/QUOTE] As mentioned, Rabchenko. He also has an excellent prospect in Ryan Burnett. Other fighters include Lucas Browne (although he has been making noises about leaving as well). He ...

comment by Ray*, on 02-22-2014
[QUOTE=Tom Cruise]When did Murray turn it down?[/QUOTE] No proof just typical bandwagon comments, Murray didn't even know about the offer until it was revealed on twitter.

comment by Ray*, on 02-22-2014
2 sides to a story. Moreover Hatton was worse when he was a fighter.

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