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“I’m feeling good and I’m predicting nothing but a Murray victory and a new Commonwealth champion.”
Martin has just come off a very good win against a tough and experienced fighter, Shalva Jomardashvili with a unanimous decision. The fight was dropped to 6 rounds in a last minute decision due to a scheduling issue, and many believe that Murray would have stopped Shalva had it gone the full 8 as he was hurting him in the later rounds.
Francis Cheka is a tough Tanzanian fighter that has been competing in the professional ranks for over 10 years. Most of his wins have come from KO including his last 3 fights, although admittedly these are against relatively unknown fighters.
However, Cheka has proved his durability having gone 8 and 10 round distances against well known middleweight fighters including Paul Smith, Geard Ajetovic and Matthew Macklin. Cheka currently holds the UBO Inter-Continental, ICB and World Boxing Commission middleweight titles
Cheka, 28, has also won his last five fights – four by stoppage – and extended current European champion Matthew Macklin over 10 rounds on his most recent trip to the UK last summer.
Murray is trained by Oliver Harrison at his Salford gym, and Murray hopes that he can follow in the footsteps of some of the other fighters the impressive Harrison has looked after, notably Jamie Moore and Amir Khan.