Murray: I’m ready to take on the world

Boxer Martin Murray.
Boxer Martin Murray.
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TOP boxer Martin Murray could be set to challenge WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in a world title bout later this year.

Golovkin’s manager, Oleg Hermann, confirmed this week that an offer had already been made for his charge to fight the 30-year-old from St Helens in New York on November 2.

There has been no confirmation yet from Murray’s promoter - former World Champion Ricky Hatton - but both Hatton and Murray revealed this week, via their Twitter feeds, that they’d held a face-to-face meeting to discuss future plans.

Murray had acted as a Sky Sports pundit at Golovkin’s devastating three-round stoppage of domestic rival Matthew Macklin last month.

It had been widely expected that the 31-year-old Kazakh fighter would target a unification bout with WBC champion Sergio Martinez - who narrowly outpointed Murray in his native Argentina in April.

But Golovkin’s manager has since said: “As a next opponent, Gennady wants Murray. We have already made an offer to Martin. The only problem is his unresolved issues with a US visa. If he will deal with this and would be willing to meet with Gennady, we are happy.”

Golovkin, who struck silver for Kazakhstan in the Athens Olympics of 2004, is unbeaten in 27 fights since turning professional and boasts a fearsome knockout ratio - having finished 24 of his 27 fights inside the distance.

Murray also boasts an impressive record though, having won 25 of his 27 fights and lost just once.

Since a stunning draw with German champion Felix Sturm in 2011, Murray has seen off Karim Archour and Jorge Navarro before flying out to Buenos Aires to face WBC champion Martinez in his own back yard.

Despite putting the champion down twice, Murray lost a narrow points decision - but returned home with his head held high.

He has since told of his dream of taking on Super Middleweight king Carl Froch and of fighting at Saints’ Langtree Park stadium.

Murray said: “Fighting at the Saints stadium would be a dream come true. There’s no place like home and it would be great to give something back to all the people who’ve supported me. A few people have been asking about it and I think it’s becoming more and more realistic - if not this year, then hopefully next. I’d love to be able to do that before I retire.”