Murray: Saunders is Kind of My Last Chance, I'll Give Everything!

Martin Murray describes his world title challenge against Billy Joe Saunders as "kind of like my last chance".

On April 14th, the St Helens' man aims to become the first man to defeat Saunders, on a double world title show alongside Terry Flanagan v Maurice Hooker.

Speaking on the latest BoxNation Podcast, Murray admits that on his day Billy Joe is one of of the best boxers on the globe.


"There has been times where he's not looked the best when he's been fighting lesser opposition. The same can be said about myself. But when he's up for it and he knows he's got to put on a show, like he did against Lemieux, the guy is one of the best middleweights in the world.

"I really rate Billy. I know he's gonna be thinking that I'm not an easy fight, which I'm not. I've proved that many times," added the 35-year-old.

Murray was unfortunate to be on the wrong side of decision verdicts in his first two World Title fights at 160 pounds. In 2011 his bout with Felix Sturm ended in a draw, while Sergio Martinez was given the nod at the end of their 2013 contest in Argentina.

"This is kind of like my last chance now," admitted the Merseysider. "I've only officially been beaten once off at middleweight. Obviously I got the [Gennady] Golovkin loss, the Sturm draw and the Martinez loss. I only look at one of those losses as being genuine and that was to Golovkin.

"I'm still a force to be reckoned with. I'm still one of the best middleweights in the world, and I'm confident going into the fight. It's going to be a tough fight, but I know that I've got it in me to go in and do the job."

This will be Murray's fifth effort at landing world glory. One of his former opponents George Groves took four attempts to finally be crowned World Champion, which is something Murray takes motivation from.

"It's now or never. I can't complain about having chances, this is my fifth one! I do take inspiration from someone like Groves coming off back-to-back losses against Carl Froch, a lot of people writing him off. This could potentially be my last training camp, so I'm going to give it everything I've got!"

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JayCho on 01-25-2018

I like murray, a proper warrior but at the end of the day he plods forward and doesnt have much power. Easy UD for BJS

Comment by Outworn on 01-25-2018

If Truax can beat Degale, Murray can defeat BJS. He just have to give his all and more and hope for the best.

Comment by soul_survivor on 01-25-2018

Murray was once a rugged and tough MW, who should have held the WBA but was unlucky with the draw. Now he is a shot fighter who doesnt know his best weight and is not skilled enough to do well…

Comment by Split Decision on 01-25-2018

said the same during the groves build up yet here he is again

Comment by P4Pdunny on 01-25-2018

I like Murray but don't make a case for him here. Can't see how he troubles Saunders.

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