MARTIN Murray has jetted off to South America this week with the aim of letting the boxing public there know that he means business, writes Simon Smedley.
Murray, his manager Neil Marsh and UK promoter Ricky Hatton are in Argentina to fulfil a number of promotional commitments ahead of Spring’s massive WBC World middleweight title battle against number one Sergio Martinez.
Murray will be in Argentina for five days, during which time he hopes to try and build up his profile significantly in America and South America ahead of a second tilt at a World title in Martinez’s back yard on April 27 – namely at the Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield venue in Buenos Aires.
The night before he and Marsh jetted off, Murray told the Observer: “There’ll be all sorts going on when we get to Argentina.
“We’ve got a couple of press conferences and then the people down there want me to shoot a promotional video.
“I’m not particularly looking forward to that bit as I’m not back in full training yet so I am carrying a bit of extra weight, but I’m sure the film makers will do a good job.
“I’ve also been told that I’ll be going to meet the President of Argentina too – that will be a great experience in itself.
“I’m starting to get a bit excited for the fight now, it’s starting to sink in that I’ve been given this huge chance to really make a name for myself.
“I have to be chilled about it all too though.
“People around me are excited and passionate about the build-up, but I can’t enjoy it too much as I’ve got a job to do at the end of the day.
“I try and focus on the fight as just like going to work – I’ve always had that attitude right throughout my career.
“It’s going to be a great occasion once the fight does come round, but I’m determined to go over there and do the business.”
Murray will be a huge underdog in April as he will be taking on a man who is recognised by almost everyone in boxing as the best pound-for-pound middleweight on earth.
But the unbeaten former Wigan ABC ace is confident after dramatically drawing his first World title attempt against WBA king Felix Sturm in his native Germany 12 months ago.