4:09pm Thursday 24th May 2012
MARTIN Murray will face French middleweight champion Karim Achour next month.
They will meet on Hatton Promotions ‘Road To Glory’ bill at Manchester Velodrome on Saturday, June 16.
Unbeaten champion Murray - who visited the kids at Warrington's Bridgefoot Police Amateur Boxing Club with his Commonwealth and British title belts last week - drew against WBA super champion Felix Sturm last year and is waiting for another world title challenge.
But 25-year-old Achour who has won 13 of his 15 fights will provide stern opposition for Murray, who is ranked in the top five by the WBA, WBC and WBO.
Hatton Promotions CEO Ricky Hatton said: “Martin is being patient, but I am certain we will deliver another major fight this year.
“It is all about keeping him busy and winning against good opposition.
“Since the Sturm fight a match against WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fell through, but he got over that by getting into the gym.
“Achour is a decent test for Martin, but I am predicting a big performance that will prove he’s Britain’s number one middleweight.”
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