Army aid for Martin

Martin Murray
Martin Murray

WHEN Martin Murray takes on German Felix Sturm for the world middleweight title, he’ll have a real St Helens hero backing him.

Murray, 29, will be supported by soldier Andy Reid, who lost both legs during a tour of Afghanistan.

And while Reed can’t be at ringside for his pal’s big fight, he will have a huge military presence in the shape of drummers from the Duke of Lancaster regiment.

The band will be accompanying Murray as he makes is ring walk at the SAP Arena on Friday, December 2.

Murray accepted an invitation to visit their Preston barracks from Cpt Phil Sweeney, ahead of his big clash against Sturm.

He will also be accompanied by three-year-old son, Archie, and fellow Hatton Promotions fighters Scott Quigg and Adam Little.

Murray and Reid met while fund-raising for the Army Benevolent Fund.

He said: “The ABF doesn’t get the attention that Help for Heroes gets, so I am trying to help bring awareness and the drummers being part of my ring walk will play a part.

“The day we spent with the regiment was a real eye opener. I did some of the tests and there were mentally tiring.

“I might be fighting for a world title, but those guys are in the biggest fight of all.

“When I challenge Sturm, I am trying to make my life better. The army boys are making our lives better.

“It was hoped Andy would get to my fight, but he has a date with the Queen that day in his role as an ambassador for the ABF.”

Murray, who has won all 23 pro fights, planned to have an army career but failed the medicals because of eczema on his legs.

He added: “My army career lasted about two hours, but hopefully now I can do my bit to help a very good cause.”

Martin, Quigg and Ricky Hatton will return to Weeton Barracks on November 11 to hand out prizes at an inter-battalion novices boxing competition, where fighters trained by his close friend Corporal Wally Lee are in action.