Murray ditches ex-champ Hatton

Boxer Martin Murray, who has split from promotor Ricky Hatton
Boxer Martin Murray, who has split from promotor Ricky Hatton

A war of words has erupted following Martin Murray’s acrimonious split from promoter and former world champion Ricky Hatton.

Middleweight Murray, 31, revealed the news to his legion of Twitter followers on Saturday before accusing Hatton Promotions bosses of “failing to deliver fights”.

Hatton Promotions have since hit back, claiming relations had become “strained” following a change in Murray’s management last year.

Murray tweeted: “Just to let people know that I’m now finally contract free. Looking forward to what the future may bring.”

He added: “Looking forward to getting everything sorted and having some proper direction with my career. This year’s going to be a big one.”

Former light-welterweight king Hatton claimed Murray, who has fought just four times since a stunning draw with Felix Sturm in Germany in 2011, had been offered six world title fights in the last two years.

His team accused the Pride of St Helens boxer of being unwilling to “commit to opportunities negotiated on his behalf”.

Hatton said: “We got Martin a British title, a Commonwealth title and two world title shots. We secured him two further world title shots in the past few weeks and all he had to do was make up his mind which one he wanted.

“He’s had six world title fights offered to him in the last two years. I don’t think anyone’s had more than that.

“To say I’m disappointed is an understatement.”

Murray was tipped last week to fight Sturm again.