Martin Murray: I’m better than Sergio Martinez and I’m going to beat him
By Scott Gilfoid: WBA World interim middleweight champion Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO’s) thinks he’s better than WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) and he’s predicting that he’ll beat the 37-year-old Martinez when they face each other on April 27th at the Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield, Distrito, Federal, Argentina.
Murray said to Sky Sports News “He [Martinez] at the bottom and today he’s the most powerful in the division, but I’m better and can beat him. It will be a great opportunity for me to show the world who I am.”
I just can’t see it, I really can’t. Murray did a great job of getting a 12 round draw against former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm last year in December, but Martinez isn’t a past his best Sturm. Martinez is a much bigger puncher, a lot faster and a more highly skilled guy than the German fighter.
The thing is I had Sturm beating Murray in that fight by a close decision. I thought Sturm landed by far the better punches and deserved to get a win. It’s weird that after getting controversial draws and wins in many of his past fights, Sturm didn’t get a victory in one fight where he really deserved to get a win.
Murray recently defeated previously unbeaten Jorge Navarro last month to pick up the interim WBA middleweight title. Navarro looked like a novice, and I couldn’t believe this guy was fighting for an interim WBA title with only 12 fights under his belt. Of course, Murray beat the guy but it’s so sad that this was all the World Boxing Association could come up with to fight for the interim WBA strap.
Heck, Murray won that fight by default.
Murray is basically just a tune-up fight for Martinez. Yeah, I know Murray is ranked #1 by the WBA, but that doesn’t mean anything to me because I don’t see Murray as being better than other contenders like Jermain Taylor, Andy Lee, Dmitriy Pirog, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Darren Barker or Matthew Macklin. I rate all those guys above Murray. He’s going to get knocked out by Martinez on April 27th.
Martinez will be looking to impress in beating Murray because he’ll be fighting in his native Argentina in front of a lot of loyal boxing fans, and he’s going to want to look good. Martinez will be fighting a rematch against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. later next year, and he just needs this little tune-up against Murray to sharpen his skills and to test out his surgically repaired right knee.
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