MARTIN Murray has booked his date with destiny and will jet off to South America in the Spring to challenge the best middleweight boxer on the planet, writes Simon Smedley.
Unbeaten former Wigan ABC star Murray – who won the WBA interim World title last week thanks to a sixth-round stoppage of Jorge Navarro at a packed-out Manchester Arena – will jet off to Buenos Aires in Argentina to challenge WBC champion Sergio Martinez.
Thirty-seven-year-old Martinez is acknowledged as the best pound for pound middleweight in the world, so the ultimate challenge now awaits Murray.
However, as he explained yesterday, it is a fight he has dreamed of securing and the show date of April 27, 2013, can’t come quick enough now.
Thirty-year-old Murray said: “We were promised the fight as long as we got past Navarro.
“We did that so now it’s all eyes on Martinez in April.
“I’m just buzzing, I feel I’ve got some real direction now – something to work towards – and I won’t be going over there just to make the numbers up.
“I’ll be going over there looking to change history. I know I’ll be the massive underdog, but I’m looking forward to going to Argentina and doing the business.”
WBC and former IBO king Martinez has an enviable record of 50 wins and just two defeats from his 54 professional fights to date. In the last two years he has beaten Mexican ace Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Murray’s domestic rivals Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker.