MARTIN MURRAY is hoping a fifth world title challenge will finally result in a championship victory. The St. Helens man has drawn with Felix Sturm in Germany, pushed Sergio Martinez close in Argentina and put up a gallant fight with Gennady Golovkin, not to mention suffering a points defeat to Arthur Abraham in Hanover. Now he gets his first world title fight in the UK, when he challenges WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders at the O2 on April 14.
“I’ve always been brought in cannon fodder,” Murray said nonchalantly. “I’m really grateful for getting the opportunity, especially getting the fight over here.”
The challenger rates Saunders highly. “I’m under no illusions how tough this fight is going to be. It’s kind of like the Martinez fight, he’s the only one I can relate him to, him being a southpaw [but] slicker and fresher. Even when I fought Martinez, he was number three pound-for-pound at the time, I knew he was old. Whereas I know Billy Joe’s fresh. I’m expecting a tougher test,” Martin said.