Boxer Martin Murray is targeting a November showdown with middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin after signing a lucrative three-fight deal with new promoter Golden Gloves.
Just last month the 31-year-old split from former promoter Ricky Hatton after a frustrating year in which he fought just once following a narrow defeat to Sergio Martinez in Argentina last April.
Murray is set to fight in Monte Carlo in June, November and next February and also hopes to have a warm-up bout in Germany on April 5 on the undercard of Juergen Braehmer’s WBA light-heavyweight title defence against Enzo Maccarinelli.
“I’m made up,” said Murray, who is ranked number one contender by the WBA. “It’s great knowing I’m getting with someone who is going to give me some direction in my career.
“The purses are really good and they’re willing to invest in me. The money is amazing, I can’t believe it’s true. We’re hoping to fight Golovkin in November so it’s a good deal all round.”
Murray is confident he can still earn a third shot at top honours.
He drew with Felix Sturm in 2011 but has struggled for momentum since.
Murray laboured to a points win in a rematch with Sergey Khomitsky last December and was due to face Australian Jarrod Fletcher in February for the regular WBA belt with Golovkin being promoted to “Super” champion.
But the WBA ruled against the move and Murray withdrew from his fight due to a hand injury.
“I’ve never been with someone who’s given me solid dates,” he added. “I was fed up with getting myself ready only for fights to get cancelled. When the fights did come round, like the one in December, I was so fed up it’s no wonder I performed like I did.
“We’re hoping for a decent opponent in June but it’s about me getting back firing on all cylinders.”
He added: “The deal secures my future and the future of my wife and kids which has always been the most important thing for me.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the hard work I’ve been putting in.”
Golden Gloves’ Rodney Berman welcomed Murray to the team, having secured his signature despite the interest of a number of rival promoters.
“We at Golden Gloves are delighted to welcome Martin into our Golden Gloves family,” he said. “Being a huge Murray fan we are committed to taking him to another world title opportunity.
“We will move heaven and earth to ensure that Martin gets the world title opportunity in November he so richly deserves.”