By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
MARTIN MURRAY wants another world title crack after setting his sights on new WBA and IBF champion Daniel Geale.
The unbeaten St Helens middleweight held Felix Sturm to a draw in Germany last December and has been playing a waiting game ever since.
Clashes with WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and WBO belt holder Dmitry Pirog have both fallen through.
But 29-year-old Murray is growing increasingly confident that his luck may change now that Aussie Geale has dethroned Sturm.
In fact, he was ringside to watch their fight in Germany a fortnight ago and made his case to Geale personally afterwards.
Murray said: “I spoke to Daniel Geale at the post-fight press conference and told him that I’m available to fight him either in England or in Australia.
“He said we’ll definitely be able to sit down and talk. To be honest, his team seemed more keen for him to come over here and fight.
“That’s because I don’t think he gets the recognition he deserves in Australia and he’s proved that he travels well.”
If a shot at Geale can materialize, it will end months of frustration for Murray, who really has been out of luck.
Visa issues put paid to his world title hopes against Chavez Jr, while boxers closer to home have been unwilling to step up to the plate.
He said: “I proved against Sturm I belong at world level, but getting a draw was one of the worst things to happen to me.
“If I’d won, everyone would have wanted to fight me because I’d be a world champion.
“And if I’d got smashed, they’d have wanted to fight because they’d think I’d be an easy night’s work.
“Proving myself has left me in no- man’s land, so I think a world title fight is well overdue now.”
Murray’s promoter Ricky Hatton said: “We’re having to look at big fights with overseas names for Martin, because he’s a feared man in Britain.
“We’ve beaten all offers for a fight with Darren Barker but had no joy.
“And we met all Matthew Macklin’s demands, only for him to go elsewhere.”