Martin Murray to step inside the Lion’s den against Sergio Martinez on April 27th
By Scott Gilfoid: Britain’s Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO’s) will be far away from his home country of Britain when he visits Argentina to take on WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO’s) on April 27th at the Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina.
Murray, 30, says he’s not bothered about fighting Martinez in front of a potential crowd of 49,000 Martinez fans. Murray claims he won’t be bothered by the noise from the fans, but that’s really hard to believe because he’s rarely been away from the safe confines of Britain for his fights.
Murray said “It’s not daunting to me at all. The crowd is going to be very hostile but I’m always in the zone when I enter the ring so it makes no difference what people are doing around me.”
Well it may not make any difference to Murray but it sure as heck will make a big difference to the hard hitting and much more powerful Martinez. The crowd noise is going to raise his game another level to where he’s hitting harder, punching faster and fighting with a lot more aggression than he normally does.
Considering that Martinez is a lethal puncher even when he’s not fighting at home, he’s going to be much, much more dangerous fighting in front of a crowd of 49,000 of his loyal fans, who will be making tons of noise to support him in this fight.
Murray doesn’t have much power and he’s not very fast either. He’s mostly just a boxer that likes to move around the ring here and there. We saw him get a controversial 12 round against former WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm in December 2011. Murray was badly hurt by Sturm in the 12th round when he tries to slug with him and got rocked.
Murray was literally out on his feet when the final bell rang to end the fight and if there had been another 20-30 seconds left in the fight, I think Sturm would have knocked Murray out. Martinez is a much bigger puncher than Sturm, and he’s going to be really teeing off on Murray from the 1st round on and with the crowd energizing him, I don’t see Murray lasting more than three rounds tops.
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