Murray energized for Hatton return

Boxer Martin Murray.
Boxer Martin Murray.

HE might still be waiting to hear who his opponent is on November 24, but St Helens’ Martin Murray is not too concerned just yet – he simply can’t wait to strut his stuff in front of a packed-out Manchester Arena.

Murray, who turned 30 last week, will provide chief support to Ricky ‘the Hit-Man’ Hatton’s much-hyped comeback fight against Vyacheslav Senchenko.

A championship fight has been guaranteed by match-maker Richard Poxon – with a ‘big’ announcement promised within the next seven days – but for now Murray has just spoken of his pride and excitement ahead of his big night.

Despite Murray’s epic drawn WBA world title fight against Felix Sturm in the champion’s back yard of Mannheim, Germany, last December, 2012 has proved frustrating, with only a routine points win over Karim Achour on his record.

Now though, the middleweight ace expects plenty of exposure again next month and, hopefully, another World title shot very soon indeed.

Murray said: “Looking back the draw in Germany was probably the worst outcome that could have happened to me.

“Since then we’ve tried and tried to secure decent opponents, but for one reason or another they’ve not been forthcoming, so I’ve been in limbo land.

“It has been a long time out – too long – but I couldn’t have asked for a better bill to return on could I?

“The Arena is sold out, the atmosphere is going to be buzzing. I can’t wait for it now.”

At a press conference over the weekend, Hatton dubbed Murray the ‘most feared fighter in Britain’ after domestic rivals Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin, along with American-based Irish star Andy Lee, all turned down offers to fight the local star.

“The fight has to be right for all concerned I suppose,” acknowledged Murray.

“I’d probably have been the same if I was in their position. We just have to keep working away because I know my world title chance will come again.

“Whether it comes on November 24 we’ll have to wait a little longer to see, but whoever I fight I’ll put on a good show.”