Martin Murray Interview
By Nathan Haworth: Martin Murray, 30 years old from St Helens, England; has a fantastic professional record of 25 wins from 27 fights, 11 coming by way of KO, and he has 1 loss and 1 draw. His first blemish came in 2011 at the SAP-Arena in Germany against former WBA (Super) World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm; this was a split decision draw.
Murray then went on to have two consecutive victories before challenging Sergio Martinez for The Ring and WBC Middleweight titles last April. The outcome of this fight was extremely controversial with Murray knocking Martinez down twice and dominating the majority of the fight only for Murray to lose via unanimous decision.
Today I spoke with Martin about his potential future bouts; his toughest fight in the ring and Darren Barker Vs Felix Sturm.
Martin Murray Interview follows:
What have you been up to; have you been training much?
“Yeah I’ve been training, I’ve still not got a fight lined up, but I’ve still been training.”
I guess it’s not ideal having nothing lined up?
“Yea course it’s not, you know I’m a fighter and I want to fight.”
April was the last time you fought; so that’s 5/6 months ago?
“April 27th coming up 5 months now so yeah it’s a long time.”
Who do you want next?
“Ideally I’d love to fight Darren Barker, rematch with Martinez; ideally that’s who I’d like to fight.”
Who’s been your toughest challenge out of your 27 pro fights?
What’s been your best training camp you’ve had?
“Best training camp I’ve had… I’d have to say, my training camp for Navarro at MEN. That was a top training camp.”
Has your visa been sorted yet so you can fight over in America?
“No, not yet, just waiting to sort that now”
You’re quite a big Middleweight; so do you think you could move up to Super-Middle?
“Yeah, I could do if the right fight was there; I’ve got no intentions on going up just yet. But if a good fight came up at Super middle then I’d take it. For now though I wouldn’t move up.”
Next year, what are you aiming for?
“I want to be World Champion. That’s my ultimate goal becoming World Champion. This time next year I want be Middleweight Champion of the World….. I will be Middleweight Champion of the World. That’s my dream”
Fights are quite hard to come by for you at the minute; is that something to do with promotions, do you think you need to move away from Hatton Promotions, what’s the reason for it?
“All I’ll say is it’s up to my promoter to sort my fights out, so we’ll leave it at that.
Looking at your last few fights, you’ve proved you’re a top level fighter; is this now the level you’re going to stay at?
“Yeah course, obviously that’s where I am and who I am, I’m a world class, elite fighter, I’ve proved it, and I’ve got no intentions of slipping, and I’m only getting better; I want to stay at this level. As soon as I do start slipping I’ll be the first one to knock the head on it.”
How many years do you think you’ve got left at this level; your 30 now, so what about 5/6 years?
“Yea, I started pro late, my bodies not taken that much jip, so it could be 4, 5 or 8 years you just don’t know, we’ll just have to see how I feel.
What do you think will happen with Barker Vs Sturm if that happens?
“I’d say Barker could beat him, I hope he does anyway. I think if he fights him over here (in the UK) then he’s got more of a chance; just because of the judges over in Germany, I do think Barker can beat him though”
What about Golovkin; I know he’s got something coming up but is that something you’d like?
“Yeah, he’s fighting Stevens for his next fight, but obviously that’s a fight that I’m looking forward to in the future. Like any big world title fight, fighting the best that’s all I want to do and I look forward to them challenges.”
OK, I think that’s all I’ve got for you now, thanks again for your time and I’m sure we’ll speak again.
“No worries at all, take it easy, look after yourself.”
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