Boxer hopes win will earn him a title shot

Martin Murray pictured at Langtree Park.
Martin Murray pictured at Langtree Park.

Top boxer Martin Murray hopes a convincing victory in his next fight will earn him a third world title shot in November.

The pride of St Helens middleweight is set to go toe-to-toe with Max Bursak in Monte Carlo next month.

Should he beat Bursak, Murray, 31, will hope to fight the winner of champion Sergio Martinez’s fight with Miguel Cotto in New York on June 7.

Murray suffered a controversial points defeat in a world title bout against Martinez in Argentina last April.

He previously drew with then-champion Felix Sturm in his first world title shot in November 2012.

Murray will take on Ukrainian Bursak on June 21 in the second fight of his seven-figure deal with South African promoter Golden Gloves.

He stopped Ishmael Tetteh in April in his first fight since a lacklustre display in London last December.

“Bursak is a tough lad, but I know I’m going to win,” said Murray. “I can’t afford to slip up now. I’ll treat all my fights like title fights. There will be no under-estimating from me, not when I’m in my prime.”

His promoter Rodney Berman admitted his charge needs to fight more regularly.

“Martin obviously needs some rounds to wear off the ring rust and that is why we are bringing him back on June 21,” he said.

Murray’s clash with Bursak will top a show which also features Ilunga Makabu fighting for the WBA interim cruiserweight title against Mateusz Masternak.

Bursak is coming off a defeat to Jarrod Fletcher in February after he stepped in to replace Murray against the Australian.

The 29-year-old previously challenged Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam for the interim WBO world title but lost convincingly on points.