St Helens boxer Martin Murray (pictured) produced a polished performance to demolish challenger Max Bursak in Monte Carlo.
The 31-year-old, regarded as Britain’s best middleweight, had too much power and class for his opponent.
Bursak was aggressive throughout, throwing plenty of shots, but Murray’s work was precise and thoughtful.
Consequently, Murray was never troubled throughout the 12-rount bout, and walked away with a convincing points victory.
“He’s very tough as he proved over 12 rounds and we expected that,” said Murray.
“I don’t think I lost a round. It was a big improvement from my South Africa fight [versus Tetteh], so thanks to Golden Gloves and the team I have around me.
“Let’s just get another title shot, Miguel Cotto is just keeping it warm for me for the time being. I’m looking forward to my future. I know it’ll be bright.”
The fight itself never reached the dizzying heights of some of Murray previous outings, notably his epic encounter with Max Sturm, but he was professional and on control throughout.
Murray’s next fight seems likely to be a clash with Sam Soliman.
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Promoter Rodney Berman said: “He’s been great. He’s effectively the mandatory for the WBC. We’ll move heaven and Earth for an October title shot, I can’t promise it, but if not October, then February (2014).”