By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
PROMOTER Ricky Hatton insists Martin Murray was ROBBED of world middleweight title glory in Germany on Friday night.
The St Helens boxer, 29, produced a career-best performance and rocked WBA champion Felix Sturm in the eighth round.
But Sturm, 32, escaped with a draw after one judge scored it for him, the other to Murray and the third seeing it even.
It was the second successive controversial defence over a British fighter for Sturm, who beat Birmingham’s Matthew Macklin by a split-points decision in June.
But Hatton insists Murray’s career at the top has only just started after a world-class display.
He said: “I’m very proud of him and it was a fantastic achievement. I thought he won it by one round.
“But he will be back and this is not the end of the Martin Murray story.” Murray was awarded the fight 115-113 by American judge Ted Gimza but, with Jean-Francois Toupin scoring it 116-112 for Sturm and Pasquale Procopio unable to split the pair, he was left to hope for a rematch.
“We’ve always known I’m world class, I just needed that chance to show it and I have,” said Murray.