Murray determined to return home with belt

Boxer Martin Murray.' Martin is gearing up for World title fight in December in Germany .
Boxer Martin Murray.' Martin is gearing up for World title fight in December in Germany .

ST Helens’ Martin Murray is supremely confident that he can raid Felix Sturm’s backyard and head back home with the WBA world middleweight title on Friday night.

Murray, aged 29, is already in Germany for the biggest fight of his life after being given the dream opportunity to depose the hugely-respected champion Sturm, in front of a 15,000 sell-out crowd at the SAP Arena in Mannheim.

Sturm, who is now aged 32, is an overwhelming favourite to retain his title in front of the Sky TV cameras, but Murray’s so-far unbeaten professional record, coupled with his sheer determination, enables the Fingerpost fighter to feel that he can upset the odds in the most dramatic of settings.

Just hours before jetting off to Germany for his date with destiny, Murray told the Reporter: “I feel great and I can’t wait for it – I’m champing at the bit now.

“Time seems to have dragged a little bit lately, but the fight is upon us now.

“These last few days I’ve been thinking about the training sessions and about how hard I’ve worked, and to be honest I couldn’t be any more prepared.

“I’m really switched on now.

“When I think about the scale of Friday’s fight, I never imagined I’d ever get here.

“That’s not because I don’t believe in myself, it’s just things that go on in your life in general.

“As a kid I used to dream about fights like this, but now it’s here it feels like such an honour for me.

“Now that I am here though, I want to go that one step further and become a world champion – I know I’m capable of doing it.

“We’ve thought about tactics and people have even said to me ‘are you going to fight like Matthew Macklin did against Sturm?’

“Well I’m not Matthew Macklin, I’m Martin Murray and I’m going to fight my way.

“My career is working out so far, and I know on my night I can give anyone problems.

“We’ll do what I always do, with a few little extra bits in between, and hopefully that will be enough.”

A hectic few days leading up to the big fight beckons for Murray, but again he’s simply looking forward to the fuss and the hype and it will hopefully help him to bring Friday’s opportunity into even sharper focus.

Murray added: “This week has flown by. I arrived last Sunday, settled in the hotel, then I had a big press conference on Monday and a public workout for fans and the media on Tuesday.”

Murray currently boasts a perfect record of 23 wins from 23 fights in the paid ranks, while some punters insist Sturm, at 32, is past his best.

His pro record reads 36 wins, two defeats and one draw in 39 fights, while earlier this year he won a split decision victory against Murray’s domestic rival Macklin in Cologne, with the Birmingham fighter later feeling hugely aggrieved at the outcome.