Murray: I’ll never box abroad again

Martin Murray holds a public workout at the Met Quarter Shopping Centre, Liverpool
Martin Murray holds a public workout at the Met Quarter Shopping Centre, Liverpool

Martin Murray says he won’t box abroad again after suffering his fourth world title defeat.

WBO world super-middleweight champion Arthur Abraham retained his belt via a split decision of 115-112, 112-115 and 116-111.

Martin Murray and Gennady Golovkin talk after their epic battle

Martin Murray and Gennady Golovkin talk after their epic battle

Murray, who wobbled the home fighter in the eighth, was left disappointed by the scoring of the fight, which took place in Germany.

“I thought I had it and if it had been anywhere but Germany I would have got it,” the 33-year-old told Sky Sports News.

“I just can’t box away ever again. I started on the road and thought I was going to finish on the road. But this has made me think that if another shot comes up I just won’t take it away from England.

“I don’t want to retire. I feel like I’m just getting to my peak. I just need a bit of luck and a world title shot at home.”

Murray has also been denied world titles at middleweight by Felix Sturm (split draw) in Germany back in 2011, Sergio Martinez (unanimous decision) in Argentina in 2013 and Gennady Golovkin (11th round stoppage) in February in Monaco.