Martin Murray earns world title shot

Martin Murray pictured at Langtree Park.
Martin Murray pictured at Langtree Park.
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Martin Murray is set to fight for the world title for the third time against Australian Jarrod Fletcher in Monte Carlo on February 1.

And the Pride of St Helens boxer, who scraped past old foe Sergey Khomitsky on points at the Excel Arena after suffering a virus in the build-up, insists he will soon be firing on all cylinders.

Murray, 31, and Fletcher are set to fight for the vacant WBA title on the undercard of fellow middleweights Gennady Golovkin and Osumanu Adama.

Murray said: “I’ve been unlucky in world title fights twice before so I’m made up that I’ve got this opportunity. Jarrod Fletcher is a good kid with pedigree in the amateur game but I’d imagine I’d be the favourite.

“I won’t be taking him lightly though. He’s going to be coming over to win and it will mean as much to him as it does to me.

“There’s no way I’ll be coming back from Monte Carlo without that world title though. It’s coming back to St Helens with me.”

Hatton Promotions’ director of boxing, Richard Poxon, told a press conference at Langtree Park that it was a great coup to have Golovkin and Murray both fighting on the same bill.

He said: “To have two of the top names on the same bill will make for an absolutely fantastic show. It will also give boxing fans to compare Martin and Golovkin, who will be fighting maybe just half an hour apart.”

In his previous two world title bouts Murray, who admitted he was “shockingly flat” against Khomitsky on December 14, drew against Felix Sturm in Germany and lost a controversial points decision against Sergio Martinez in Argentina.

He admitted that, if successful against Fletcher, a rematch with Felix Sturm could be on the cards.

Murray added: “I’ve not really stopped training since June but will step it up in the six weeks leading up to the fight. I will train as hard as I have ever trained.

“Importantly, this fight is going to be on neutral soil too - which is a good thing for me because it means I will get a fair crack of the whip.”