Murray gearing up for big fight night

Martin Murray
Martin Murray
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SO far 2012 has proved to be a frustrating year for Martin Murray, but the British middleweight champion is now back in full training ahead of a promised bumper fight in November.

Currently rated in the top three in the WBO, WBA and WBC World rankings, Murray has been waiting patiently for another World title shot after his epic draw last December in WBA king Felix Sturm’s back yard in Mannheim, Germany.

Many believed that Murray’s brilliant performance at the packed-out SAP Arena just before Christmas will have proved something of an immediate springboard to another title shot, but it hasn’t panned out that way and the former Wigan ABC star has only fought once since - a routine points win in June against French champ Karim Achour in a non-title bout in Manchester.

This year has seen a proposed big money fight with WBC champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fall through due to Murray’s visa problems, although that issue is soon to be resolved so a future date still looks a distinct possibility.

Domestic rival Matthew Macklin has dodged a fight, and it now appears Detroit-based Irishman Andy Lee has followed suit, but other options remain for Murray, including London-based WBC contender Darren Barker.

Murray said: “It has been frustrating at times, but I’ve just not been letting myself feel fed up about things.

“I’ve just started my 10-week training camp and I’m feeling great. I’ve been told I’ll be out in November so I’m just working towards that now.

“My manager Neil Marsh and the Hattons have been working hard behind the scenes, but it’s been a funny situation really where I’ve just not been able to secure the right fights.

“Barker can definitely happen. I need to fight people who will help keep my career moving forward - I’m 29 now and at this stage I just can’t let anything slip.

“I’m ranked highly with three big governing bodies, so I need to be moving onto better things.

“For now I’m just staying focused on myself though. I’m back in training with Oliver Harrison and Martin Cullen and it’s going great.

“Whoever I’m in with in November I’ll be ready, so hopefully it’ll be at another big venue in front of a big crowd, and for a big title.

“I’ve got a brilliant team behind me and my fans and family have always been a huge inspiration to me.”