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Hatton Tells Sturm: Have Honor, Fight Martin Murray Again!

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.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) 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;11641705]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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