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World champion dream keeps him going
9:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
MARTIN Murray still has a dream of becoming the world champion.
He refuses to let the setbacks he has faced over the summer derail him.
Murray is trying hard to channel his frustrations of the past six months into the gym.
He has to, for although Wood is well below the seventh-rated Murray in the world rankings, the big-hitting Australian can be a dangerous beast.
The 31-year-old said: “What has been happening is that I have been focused – then relaxing a bit – and then having to regain the focus. That is how I have been.
“I just have to keep my professional head on and be prepared for whatever comes up.
“It has been very frustrating though.”
He added: “I just have to put in a good performance (against Garth Wood) and win and then who knows.
“How I am feeling at the minute? I am just not enjoying boxing at all, but I want to be world champion.
“I don’t want to go from drawing with champion Matt Sturm and then another dodgy decision against Sergio Martinez to nothing.
“I don’t want to stop until I am world champion so until I realise that is not going to happen then I will crack on.”
As for the fight itself, there is plenty of internet footage showing the style of the abrasive Australian.
Murray knows it will not be pretty, but wants to go over to Sydney and get the job done as efficiently as possible.
He said: “The fight is lose-lose for me. If I win, then I should have done – even if I win and looked good.
“Wood is quite an awkward, dirty fighter and he does tend to make it messy for people he has fought in the past.
“I am expecting a rough brawl but I have got to get in there and let the class take over.”