Murray’s big day draws closer

Murray will be the underdog against Martinez on Saturday night.

Murray will be the underdog against Martinez on Saturday night.

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MARTIN Murray is just days away from the biggest fight of his life, as he prepares to take on Argentine world champion Sergio Martinez.

The St Helens ace is the clear underdog, fighting in his opponent’s hometown of Buenos Aires in front of a partisan, 50,000-strong crowd.

Challenger Martin Murray and middleweight champion Sergio Martinez face each other during the pre-fight press conference.

Challenger Martin Murray and middleweight champion Sergio Martinez face each other during the pre-fight press conference.

How many St Helens flags will by flying in the Jose Amalfitani Stadium is a matter of conjecture but as the St Helens southpaw climbs into the ring, he’ll know he has the backing of an entire town.

Saints have thrown their weight behind Murray’s bid to become world champion, lending their club crest to the fighter’s gear.

“Everyone at the Saints wishes one of its own, Martin Murray, all the best in his fight on Saturday - bring it home,” said a club spokesman.

Murray came tantalisingly close to claiming the middleweight world title when he took Felix Sturm the distance in Germany last year.

And his promoter, former ring ace Ricky Hatton, believes Murray stands on the verge of making history.

“Martin is an underdog, he knows that, but he’s more than capable of winning the fight,” said Hatton, who believes his man has the cool temperament to cope with the atmosphere of a hostile foreign crowd.

He added: “When we went to the press conference over there it was like the Martinez show and some fighters would have crumbled under the pressure, but Martin took it all in his stride. You wouldn’t blame him if he was in awe of his opponent, but he wasn’t.”.

Murray has remained tight-lipped since flying out to Argentina last week, save for a message to his fans via Twitter vowing to “shock the world” by knocking out Martinez.