Murray’s bout will no longer be for WBA world title

Warrington Guardian: Martin Murray Martin Murray

MARTIN Murray’s Monte Carlo clash against Australian fighter Jarrod Fletcher will not now be for the world middleweight title.

The World Boxing Association has, for the time being, denied current champion Gennady Golovkin’s move up to a ‘super’ classification meaning that the regular belt is no longer vacant.

Although disappointing for the Paddington puncher – the latest of a long list of let-downs not of his own making – he will not be sidetracked from his training camp for February 1.

In the early hours of Christmas morning he tweeted: “Run & training finished for today. Looking forward to a nice day with the family then back to work tomorrow #Dedication=success.”

Murray is not taking for granted what is now simply the defence of his interim belt.

He is, however, still looking ahead to big fights against the holders of the other belts. Murray said: “I would like to avenge the draw (Sturm) and loss (Martinez) against my name.

“I have got to be honest with you I don’t think the Martinez fight is ever going to happen again.

“He has made it very obvious since last April because he has not even entertained my name. “But now that Sturm has won the IBF title, if I win on February 1, given I got a draw last time I fought in Germany, I believe there is unfinished business.

“A fight between me and Sturm does make sense and that is definitely a wrong I would like to put right. Hopefully if all goes well on February 1, I can then look at those type of fights.

“That is a fight I’d like to be involved in but first and foremost I have to get past Jarrod Fletcher in February.”

Hatton Promotions are optimistic that those big fights will fall into place.

Richard Poxon, Hatton Promotions’ director of boxing, said: “There are big, big fights out there but sometimes you have to wait for the sand to settle to see where everything falls. “But I am sure if Sturm and Barker don’t exercise a rematch clause I am sure that is a fight we will be looking at.”

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