Martin Murray won his first professional title on Friday night after outclassing Australian Peter Mitrevski to claim the vacant Commonwealth middleweight crown at the Bolton Arena.
The 27-year-old from St Helens won by unanimous descision dominating the fight and Mitrevski, who was a little disapointing in his performance, very rarely putting a flurry of punches together – subsiquently two of the three judges gave Murray all 12 rounds and the other scoring it 11 rounds to him with one even.
Mitrevski’s southpaw spoiling tactics made it awkward for Murray and the Aussie was repeatedly spoken to by the referee as Murray kept his composure attacking behing his good stiff jab and tight guard, with concentration written all over Murray’s face he determinly stuck to his tactical plan, backing Mitrevski up and landing the scoring punches.
|Murray used his jab to good effect|
A number of good uppercuts from Murray had Mitrevski further on the move and it became evident early that the Aussie was on a damage limitation mission, having felt the strenght and power of Murray, he seemed to be content to go the distance without getting involved and hurt in the process, having said that, Mitrevski did take some hard shots but was happy to hold on and tie up Murray to steady the effects.
As the fight reached the final rounds Murray continued to employ the same walk forward, high guard tactics, and you got the feeling that he had plenty more in his locker, but in this his big title oppotunity, he was not ready to go looking for a knockout sticking to the tactics layed out by trainer Oliver Harrison, that finally seen him win practically every round en-route to his 20th successive career win.
|Coach Oliver Harrison encourages Murray to dig in|
Both Phil Edwards and Howard Foster had it 120-108 every round awarded to Murray, whilst John Keane gave Mitrevski a share of one round – 120-109.
Murray will now be hoping that his newly aquired commonwealth title will open up avenues for him in the middleweight division, and will be watching the September clash between Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker very closely with designs on the winner.
“It’s great to get my first pro title and I’m sure I’ll grow in confidence from this. I think I’m the best middleweight in Britain and I want to fight the best of the rest to prove it.” said Murray post fight.
|Murray worked the body well when he could get inside|
“Three years of hard work and it’s all come together and im happy with it, the fight was a bit scrappy but I did what I needed to do and got the win.”
“I’d like the winner of Matthew Macklin, Darren Barker, hopefully that can come off in the future im ready for it and hopefully it can happen.” added Murray.
By Chris Maylett