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 Last update:  1/8/2012       Read more by Kevin Francis         
   
Hatton Tells Sturm: Have Honor, Fight Martin Murray Again!
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By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star

RICKY HATTON is hoping WBA world middleweight champion Felix Sturm “does the honorable thing” by giving Martin Murray a rematch.

Murray was on the wrong end of a hotly-disputed split-points decision when the pair met in Mannheim, Germany last month.

Since then, Sturm’s camp have ­refused to be drawn on a possible ­rematch and have already set his next ring date for April 13.

No opponent has been named and Hatton told me: “I think Felix has a point to prove and we would ­certainly be ready for Martin to fight him again in April.”

The controversial win over Salford-based Murray was his second close call, having defeated Birmingham’s Matt Macklin with another split decision in June.

Hatton said: “Sturm has won his last two fights by the skin of his teeth and now he has the chance to prove his doubters wrong. I have plenty of respect for him and his team, but I think he should now do the honorable thing by agreeing to a rematch with Martin.”

Hatton hopes Murray can be the first of his stable of boxers to get a world title chance this year.

The former two-weight world champion is certainly making his mark in the promotional ranks and also has his trainer’s licence.

He has five British champions in Gary Buckland (super-featherweight), Anthony Crolla (lightweight), Murray (British and Commonwealth middleweight), Scott Quigg (super-bantamweight) and Ashley Theophane (light-welterweight).

In addition, Hatton also has Craig Lyon (English bantamweight champ), Rendall Munroe (WBA international super-bantamweight), Joe Murray (IBF youth featherweight), Sergey Rabchenko (WBA intercontinental light-middleweight) and Denton Vassell ­(Commonwealth welterweight).

In a fine 2011, Hatton saw his younger brother Matthew and Ryan Rhodes both challenge for the WBC light-middleweight crown.

Hatton, the European Promoter of the Year, added: “Everything is ­going really well and I have really enjoyed getting involved in ­promoting the sport I love so much.

“With respect to our domestic promotional rivals, to have achieved these goals, bearing in mind we have been in existence for a fraction of the time, shows British boxing can expect big things from us in 2012.

“We have already achieved so much in such a short time and now I am hoping Hatton Promotions can get our first-ever world champion this year.”

Tags: Felix Sturm , Ricky Hatton , Martin Murray , Sturm-Murray , Sturm vs Murray


 

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comment by giacomino, on 01-08-2012
If Sturm had honor he would have fought Golovkin, his mandatory, long ago. Or he would fight Martinez or Pirog. But he won't

comment by fozze, on 01-08-2012
[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP]RICKY HATTON is hoping WBA world middleweight champion Felix Sturm “does the honorable thing” by giving Martin Murray a rematch. Thought it was a draw the fight i watched was

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