19th September 2011
|World title chance for Martin Murray|
British, Commonwealth and WBA intercontinental champion Martin Murray will challenge Germany’s WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm at the SAP Arena, Mannheim on Friday 2nd December.
Sturm an hero in Germany took a bit of a pounding from critics, when he gained a disputed points win over Mathew Macklin in June, with many experts believing Macklin had done enough to win.
Murray knows he will have his work cut out for him, with Sturm looking to make ammends for the Macklin performance.
The St Helens man also isnt worried about getting an unfair decision should the fight go the distance and insists he has every confidence in the officials.
Murray 28, will also become the first Hatton Promotions fighter to win a world title should he prevail on the continent.
“I am absolutely buzzing and have so much motivation to go over there and beat Sturm.” said the unbeaten Murray.
“I first knew about the fight in early September, but we couldn’t say anything until the contract was signed.
“I have started an 11 week training camp at Oliver Harrison’s gym and come fight night I will be in the shape of my life.
“I have been ready for this chance for about nine months, but I seemed to slip under the radar because everybody talks about Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker as the main middleweights in Britain.”
“I watched Sturm’s defence against Macklin and made it a draw. When it is that close the champion on home soil usually gets the decision and there could be no real complaints.
“The WBA are a fantastic organisation and been very good to me so I will not be worrying about the scoring.
“Anyway, I am better fighter than Macklin and I will go one better than him in December.” added Murray.
Murray who has won all 23 fights and is ranked three by the WBA will be an underdog when he faces the formidable champion.
Sturm, 32, has lost just two of his 39 contests and will be making the 11th defence of the world title he won for the second time against Javier Castillejo in April 2007.
Murray last fought in June, beating English champion Nick Blackwell over 5 one sided rounds to force Blackwell to retire on his stool aftyer the fifth.
Hatton Promotions, pic Mark Robinson