As WBC middleweight title challenger Martin Murray is now just hours away from his second attempt to become a world champion, his closest confidant believes that tunnel vision for the sports most coveted prize will spur him on.
Manager Neil Marsh has been by Murray’s side through the good times and the bad throughout his career, and speaking to WBN from Buenos Aires – is aware of the task at hand with 40,000 Argentinians baying for the Briton’s blood.
Murray, 30, is set to share the ring with the best middleweight in the world, with the added pressure of facing Martinez on his home soil, although Marsh has faith that none of it will phase the St. Helens fighter come fight time later tonight.
“Martin wants that green belt and we both know it would be massive,” Marsh told World Boxing News. “It will mean the world to him to beat the pound for pound best in his own backyard and to beat the Argies.
“We know he is a huge underdog with the media, but he is not in ours and apart from the travelling has had a camp just the same as all those before.
“We are here with him for Martin to become world champion and to succeed where other Brits haven’t. To us this means everything.”
39 year-old Martinez is a heavy favourite, not just because of the home advantage, but mainly for his track record over the past few years and Marsh understands that a any decision win would have to be wide at the capacity Velez Sarsfield stadium.
“Of course a points victory is possible by either way as Martin has proved against Felix Sturm that he can out box world champions over twelve rounds and now has more experience for that,” said Marsh.
“He also knows he cannot let Martinez nick rounds in the last twenty seconds, but saying this – we know we have too win by a huge margin to take the title.
“I just hope everyone at home tunes in to BoxNation to cheer Martin on and we both wish all the UK fans a great evening when they watch the fight. They can be reassured that we are ready for this and Martin will give his all.”
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