Martin Murray has not lost hope that he will win a world championship despite his stoppage defeat to Gennady Golovkin.
The St Helens fighter was halted after 11 bruising rounds challenging for Golovkin’s WBA super world middleweight title in Monaco last weekend.
But Murray hasn’t lost hope that he can eventually claim world honours.
“It was a great learning fight for me and I’d more hopeful than ever that I’m going to be world champion,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I’m 32 but I only turned professional late so I’ve got plenty of time yet. That was my first real war in 32 fights so there’s plenty of fights left in me.
“I came up against the best and I know I can become world champion. Hopefully another shot will come up.”
Murray concedes that Golovkin, who is undefeated in 32 bouts with 29 knockouts, is worthy of his fearsome reputation.
“He’s definitely a future pound-for-pound king,” he continued.
“I don’t think there’s anybody at middleweight who will beat him. He might come up against tougher fights if he moves up in weight but I believe I was his toughest fight at middleweight. He obviously proved he was better than me on Saturday.
“The fight was tough but I gave it my all and there wasn’t much else I can do. I can accept the defeat, I was beaten by the better man. I’ve got to move on with my career now.
“It was tough but we expected that. We knew I would have to go through some pain and that’s what we had to do.
“But even though it was that tough we did think we were going to win and that’s why we were there until the referee pulled us out.”