THE countdown is almost up and St Helens hero Martin Murray is raring to go ahead of Saturday’s WBA interim middleweight title clash against Venezuelan ace Jorge Navarro at the sold-out Manchester Arena.
Murray remains hungry for another full World title shot after last December’s thrilling drawn clash against WBA king Felix Sturm in Germany, and it has proved to be a frustrating 2012 at times with the St Helens star now being dubbed ‘the most avoided fighter in Britain’.
But a crack at the vacant WBA interim crown is now the next step on a path to, hopefully, dream World title glory next year.
Navarro is no mug, however, as the 27-year-old boasts a record of 12 wins from 12 professional fights.
Murray’s only slight blemish was that draw in Mannheim – all his other 24 fights have been won – meaning the local star is confident, if also a little wary.
Murray told the Reporter: “I’m fully focused on Navarro, and that’s all I can do for now.
“My attitude has got to be one fight at a time.
“Other fights keep being mentioned, but my manager Neil Marsh has kept all speculation that away from me.
“We know that bigger fights can happen in the new year, but for now Saturday is a tough fight and that’s all I can think about.
“I’ve not seen a lot of Navarro, but I know it’s going to be a really hard fight. I have seen footage of a recent first round knockout.
“He’s undefeated in 12 so the threat is there. He’s young, ambitious, and I’m sure he’s going to be the underdog.
“In my eyes that makes him even more dangerous, but I’m determined to put on a good show.
“I’ve trained and worked too hard for this weekend.”