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Martin Murray vs. Hassan N'Dam is Set For Warrington-Frampton

Martin Murray will face former world champion Hassan N’Dam as part of a massive night of boxing at the Manchester Arena on December 22, headlined by Josh Warrington defending his IBF world featherweight title against two-weight world champion Carl Frampton.

Murray, 37-4-1, is building towards another world title challenge, with his only career reverses having come in three previous bids - with one drawn - and against former WBA world champion George Groves.

The St Helens warrior put himself firmly in position for a tilt at the WBC title with the winning of the governing body's Silver middleweight belt in June by defeating the champion Roberto Garcia via a unanimous decision over 12 rounds at the 02 Arena.

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He is now up against a dangerous opponent in N'Dam, 36-3, who has operated at world level since winning the WBA Interim world title with a points victory over Avtandil Khurtsidze in 2010.

His winning streak continued with wins over Giovanni Lorenzo and Max Bursak - before he lost on points to Peter Quillin in 2012 with the WBO world middleweight title at stake.

The Frenchman rebuilt with four victories across 2013-14, with the fourth being a landslide points win over Curtis Stevens that qualified him for a shot at the IBF world title. A thrilling encounter with David Lemieux followed with the Canadian prevailing via the scorecards, with N'Dam showing huge bravery after being put to the canvas on four occasions by the heavy-hitting Lemieux.

A further four wins followed for the now 34-year-old before he headed to Japan in May 2017 to face London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Ry?ta Murata for the vacant WBA regular world title, which he won via a controversial split decision.

The pair rematched five months later, again on Japanese soil, where N'Dam was forced into retirement in the seventh round.

"He is obviously a good opponent and I have known about him for a while," reacted Murray to the news of a tough night’s work being booked for him at the Manchester Arena. "He is a former world champion and a good fighter.
"It's a good fight for me, one where I need to be on top of my game because he can box, he can move and he can fight as well. I am happy with it.

"I don't want to be fighting in six or eight rounders against opponents who I am going to get out in two or three rounds. I need proper live opponents and this guy is one - and he will be coming to win.

"It is just the sort of fight I need.

"I am creeping my way back up there. It has been a slow rebuilding process from the Groves loss for me, but I am keeping myself afloat now and a win against this guy will keep me in the mix."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by RJJ-94-02=GOAT on 11-20-2018

[QUOTE=The3;19286867]PPV? Aint' this on ESPN+[/QUOTE] PPV in the UK bro, so is Whyte-Chisora 2 on a separate channel. That’s the sad state of boxing in this country at the moment...

Comment by killakali on 11-20-2018

[QUOTE=The3;19286867]PPV? Aint' this on ESPN+[/QUOTE] ppv in the UK. ESPN+ in the US fam.

Comment by The3 on 11-20-2018

[QUOTE=RJJ-94-02=GOAT;19285726]Another good fight added. Solid card from Warren albeit another unnecessary PPV[/QUOTE] PPV? Aint' this on ESPN+

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 11-20-2018

Good fight, both guys at the crossroads, have to favour Murray, he needs to win, would love to see him get another title shot but can't see him beating anyone at 160 or 168 except Fielding who will probably lost…

Comment by Abovetheclouds on 11-20-2018

This card is looking decent. Still undecided who will be getting my money on December 22nd.

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