MARTIN Murray has been forced to withdraw from a proposed WBC world middleweight title challenge against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr because he cannot obtain a visa in time that would allow him to enter the United States.
The British, Commonwealth and WBA inter-continental champion was lined up to challenge the Mexican in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, June 16.
Murray spent time in prison when he was younger and has turned his life around in recent years. However, his past has meant a delay in getting the necessary visa.
Despite being a model citizen these days he cannot get the paperwork rubber-stamped in time for a US and Mexican press tour later this month and the fight is now off.
Family man Murray, 29, said: “I’d signed the contract and everything was agreed so to be told I cannot box Chavez Jr because of my past is gut-wrenching.”
Former Wigan ABC ace Murray will now concentrate on defending his titles and hopes to add another Lonsdale belt notch this summer.