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Frustrating for Murray
Contest with Garth Wood confirmed for December
LAST spring the stock of Warrington middleweight Martin Murray was sky-high after he rocked WBC champion Sergio Martinez in his own Argentine back yard with only some harsh judging controversially denying him the belt.
But six months without a fight to build on that stunning performance has left the Paddington boxer feeling frustrated and annoyed.
Problems obtaining a visa for the USA have not helped his cause, but Murray has not been given the opportunities he has earned on the back of his challenge to Martinez and Felix Sturm before that.
Instead of being given the big fight he craves on home soil – or another juicy one against one of the champions – he is being sent 12,000 miles to defend his interim WBA belt against Australian bruiser Garth Wood in Sydney on Decmber 11.
And to add to Murray’s frustration, even that bout has been shrouded in uncertainty.
Murray said: “It was on, it was off and now they are saying it is back on.
“After Martinez, I was told I was fighting in September, then November and now December.”
He has still to get a visa for Australia, but explained the visa for America is not going to happen until next year, which scuppered a lot of plans.
“I should not have to be relying on getting fights in America – I should be getting bouts over here which is what every other fighter seems to do,” said the 31-year-old.
“I was offered Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Mexico in August but I could not take that because I needed an operation on my elbow.
“Then they offered me Chavez again in September in Texas but then Chavez’s promoter knocked that back.
“What I needed after Martinez in April was a big homecoming fight, a fight on home soil in front of the British boxing public.
“I could not have been any hotter after the Martinez fight and look what happened after that.”
He has raised the issue with his promoter, but the only fight he has been offered is the one against Wood which he had to take or face being stripped of his title and consequently his ranking for future fights.
He did, however, reveal that a clash with IBO and WBA title holder Gennady Golovkin could be on the horizon.
The big-hitting Kazakh fighter is squaring up with American Curtis Stevens in the glamorous settings of Madison Square Garden, New York in early November.
“The WBA have ordered me and Golovkin and I know he wants the fight but apart from him I have been given a wide berth by everyone else.
“All I can do is crack on – and I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.
“I hope that is the case because it has never been as bad as this.”
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