Talking Sport - Murray’s stock is rising

Germany's Felix Sturm, left, and Britain's Martin Murray fight during a WBA middleweight title bout in Mannheim, Germany, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. The fight ended in a draw. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Germany's Felix Sturm, left, and Britain's Martin Murray fight during a WBA middleweight title bout in Mannheim, Germany, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. The fight ended in a draw. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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YOU could argue until the cows come home whether our own Martin Murray deserved to be crowned WBA middleweight champion in Mannheim, Germany on Friday night.

Three ringside judges begged to differ in what I felt was an extremely difficult contest to score, due to a great deal of in-fighting between the 29-year-old son of St Helens and champion Felix Sturm – one giving his verdict to the German 116-12, a second going for Murray 15-13 and a third calling it a draw.

It meant that the champ retained his title by the width of a cat’s whisker, but it would be an insult if Murray – who had won his previous 23 professional fights – isn’t given a rematch.

He did his home town and country proud with a performance of guts, determination and raw courage – not to mention a great deal of skill – and hopefully next time he will bring the coveted belt back to St Helens.

ST HELENS fans, who are unable to attend matches and rely on their local radio station to listen to commentators or catch up on the latest scores, could be denied this service in the future.

The BBC is currently considering cuts, and if approved, hit those listeners who tune in to the likes of Radio Merseyside and Radio Manchester, and other local stations country-wide.

For instance, if there is a Premier League soccer game and a Super League encounter on the same day, then the local station will not be able, as it currently can, to broadcast one on FM and the other on medium wave.

Almost as bad is the fact that under the proposals, midweek RL magazine programmes, which are held in the evening, are set to disappear altogether.

The consultation period ends on December 21, and I would urge RL fans to make their objections known by writing to: Local Radio Review, BBC Trust, 180 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5QZ.

GREAT to see Engage Mutual are extending their support to the Steve Prescott Foundation, and no one is more delighted than St Helens-born Steve, a former Saints full-back, who set up the foundation.

Last year alone, the foundation raised more than £100,000 for its two charities – Christie’s Specialist Care Centre in Manchester and Try Assist, which supports seriously injured RL players.

Fund-raising events for 2012 are already in the pipeline. For details, visit www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk or follow Steve on Twitter @StevePrescott1.