Murray forced out of weekend bout

St Helens boxer Martin Murray
St Helens boxer Martin Murray

Boxer Martin Murray has been left to bemoan his dire luck after he was forced to pull out of a hastily-rearranged fight on Saturday night.

Murray, dubbed the Pride of St Helens, was scheduled to face Sergey Khomitsky on the undercard of Carl Froch’s clash with George Groves at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester.

But it was announced yesterday the 31-year-old middleweight was withdrawing after being struck down with a virus.

“If it wasn’t for bad luck I’d have none at all,” said Murray on Twitter. “Gutted I’ve had to pull out of my fight on Saturday with a virus.

“Sorry to everyone who has paid to see me.”

Murray’s fight on the undercard of what is expected to be one of the most explosive fights staged on British shores for years was put together after his planned interim title defence was cancelled after his opponent pulled out of the fight.

Australian Garth Wood pulled the plug on the fight, citing the re-scheduling of another title fight between Anthony Mundine and Shane Mosley as the reason for the cancellation.

It meant Murray could continue to press his claim for another world title shot, which his team hope they will be able to secure by early 2014.

Murray is currently ranked amongst the top ten middleweights in the world by the WBA, WBC and WBO.

He was set to fight Wood in Sydney in December.

However, Wood cancelled blaming a financial fall-out from the re-scheduled Mundine v Mosley clash.