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Martin Murray is Enraged: “I Should Be Topping Bills!”

By Shaun Brown

With the middleweight division about to come to life in the weeks ahead former world title challenger Martin Murray 24-0-1 (10) appears to be in limbo. After defying expectations and gaining a draw against WBA champion Felix Sturm last December the St. Helens native was expecting doors to be blasted open with opportunities landing at his feet. A mooted fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fell through due to visa issues leaving Murray fighting Frenchman Karim Achour for his first outing this year over ten rounds back in June.

“I got myself in terrific condition, but the opponent didn’t do it for me, so I didn’t give the performance I’m capable of,” said Murray when speaking to BoxingScene. “To be honest in my next fight I’d like to come back and top a bill – it’s the least I deserve.”

Along with fierce rival Matthew Macklin, the 29-year-old was linked to fighting Gennady Golovkin next month on HBO. As Macklin told BoxingScene recently, he would only be interested in the fight if he got a full training camp for such a bout. Taking it at such short notice was not an option. Murray for once agreed with his compatriot.

“Golovkin’s one of the best in the world so you’ve gotta have a full camp for him,” he said. “We were in talks to take the fight but the date wasn’t going to get rescheduled so that’s about it for me at the moment.”

As honest as the day is long, Murray didn’t hold back when discussing where his career stands at present. He said: “I won’t tell a lie, I am pissed off. I’ve fought for a world title then I went back to a ten rounder. I feel like I’m back down the pecking order, it seems like I’m going backwards. Why is that? It’s no fault of mine.”

Murray’s options are thin on the ground. The champions and most of the contenders are out of commission. When I asked about the possibility of him fighting either Andy Lee or Craig McEwan this was his answer.

“You know me – I’d go anywhere and fight anybody. All the guys in my division are fighting in September so where does that leave me? As for Lee and McEwan of course I’d take the fights, but are they right for me and my family? I don’t want to be making pennies. I should be topping bills now.”

Last resort seems to be a fight with current Commonwealth champion Billy Joe Saunders for the British title, which has been put out to purse bids by the British Boxing Board of Control with the contest having to take place by the end of October. It’s not the fight that Murray is chasing but he is fast running out of opponents.

“To be honest, I do not want to take that step back but yeah I’d take the fight. He’s a fighter, he’d take the fight but it’s come too soon for him, its trouble for him and it’d be a bad, bad loss for him,” vowed Murray.

“I’ve got a great manager looking after me and we will make it and become world champion. If there are people up there looking after me then it will happen. Whatever is going on right now is only going to make me work even harder.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DoktorSleepless on 07-18-2012

[QUOTE=Martin Murray]I won’t tell a lie, I am pissed off. I’ve fought for a world title then I went back to a ten rounder. I feel like I’m back down the pecking order, it seems like I’m going backwards. Why…

Comment by D-MiZe on 07-18-2012

Macklin, Barker, McEwan, Lee, Proksa. Want me to go on? You don't end up a superstar off drawing against Felix Sturm. If you want to be topping bills that bad, go propose fights with the rest of the 160 elite.…

Comment by jimbob89 on 07-18-2012

murrays been to jail in the past which is why he couldnt fight jcc jr so theres no chance he can move there i think he needs to get rid of hatton promotions look at macklin sturm then straight in…

Comment by danktrees on 07-18-2012

[QUOTE=timbatron;12349224]Cuban's aren't allowed to box professionally and see America as the land of opportunity. A fighter from England, with a family, mortgage payments, and a good quality of life, probably wouldn't want to risk that fighting for $500 dollars at…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 07-18-2012

Doesn't make sense for a Brit to pursue a career in the states. Better to 'arrive' in Vegas if your good enough. Craig McEwan might be a good example. I'd imagine he would have made more money fighting in Edinburgh.

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