Murray’s biding his time

Martin Murray
Martin Murray

MARTIN Murray has got the world’s best middleweights running for cover.

The unbeaten star boxes on the massive Hatton Promotions card at Manchester Arena on Saturday, November 24, topped by Ricky Hatton’s comeback bout against Vyacheslav Senchenko.

Former Wigan ABC star Murray, who has won 24 and drawn one of 25 professional fights so far, hopes to challenge for the vacant WBA interim title on the big bill, but is still waiting to discover his opponent despite offers being made to several big names.

Murray, aged 30, said: “We are trying to get the big fights made but it just hasn’t been happening.

“I suppose right now I am high risk, low reward for a lot of the champions and big name challengers.

“A number of potential opponents, including Matthew Macklin, have knocked back the chance to face me, but I just have to keep plodding on.

“If I had a world title I would get fights no problem, but without a belt my rivals see me as a danger and have nothing to gain.

“I don’t get disappointed because I am still enjoying my training, that is going well and I remain confident that there will be big fights in the near future.”

Although Hatton’s first fight in three-and-a-half years has grabbed global attention, the sellout crowd will see a top class undercard.

There is world title action when Scott Quigg (won 24, lost 0, drawn 1) meets Rendall Munroe (24-2-1) in a vacant interim WBA super-bantamweight title return match.

Their summer showdown ended in a technical draw after three rounds because of Munroe’s cut right eye.

Sergey Rabchenko (21-0) defends his European light-middleweight crown against Frenchman Cedric Vitu (35-1) and Gary Buckland (26-2) risks his British super-featherweight title against local idol Stephen Foster Jr (30-3-1).

Also in action are Hatton Promotions hopefuls James Dickens (12-0), Adam Etches (9-0) and Scott Jenkins (6-0).