By Jake Donovan
Ricky Hatton certainly had no problem securing a desirable opponent for his November 24 ring return. The unretiring Mancunian had a variety of opponents from which to choose for his first fight in 3 ½ years before settling on former welterweight titlist Vyacheslav Senchenko.
Martin Murray isn’t having quite as much luck in finalizing details for his next fight.
The middleweight contender is slated to appear in a supporting slot on the show at the Manchester Arena. The hope is for an interim title to be at stake to commemorate the occasion, but has yet to hear back from a number of potential candidates.
“We are trying to get the big fights made but it just hasn’t been happening,” said Murray (24-0-1, 10KO), who has fought just once since a disputed draw against Felix Sturm last December. “I suppose right now I am high risk, low reward for a lot of the champions and big name challengers.”
The draw against Sturm marked Murray’s lone title bid, a fight many believe should have went to the Brit. The split verdict serves as his lone non-winning performance, but failure to convince his peers to step into the ring with him has severely hindered his ability to capitalize on the performance.
“Matthew Macklin, Craig McEwan and Andy Lee have all knocked back the chance to face me, but I just have to keep plodding on,” Murray insists. “If I had a world title I would get fights no problem, but without a belt my rivals see me as a danger and have nothing to gain.
“I don’t get disappointed because I am still enjoying my training, that is going well and I remain confident that there will be big fights in the near future.”
Murray is still slated to appear on the undercard, with the hope that a meaningful opponent will eventually surface. Regardless of the status of his forthcoming fight, the overall card is a stellar bill.
In addition to Hatton’s comeback and Murray’s appearance, the undercard features a grudge rematch between Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe. Their highly anticipated first fight in June ended in anti-climactic fashion, when Munroe suffered a fight-ending cut over his right eye early in the third round.
The winner of the anticipated rematch will become the mandatory challenger for current super bantamweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Also appearing on the undercard: unbeaten super welterweight contender Sergey Rabchenko (21-0) faces Cedric Vitu (35-1, 15KO) of France; and a super featherweight showdown between Wales’ Gary Buckland (26-2, 8KO) and local favorite Stephen Foster Jr. (30-3-1, 18KO).
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox