Murray camp deny Chavez Jr. contact, reveal interest in future talks

Phil Jay 09/05/2013

Two-time world middleweight title challenger Martin Murray’s manager Neil Marsh has told WBN today that reports of negotiations for a clash with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in August are wide of the mark, although did confirm that there is interest in the fight.

Marsh, who was by Murray’s side for his recent trip to Argentina where the St. Helens man lost narrowly to Sergio Martinez, explained that interest from Chavez would be welcomed and says there are plans to follow up comments made the Mexican in pulbic recently.

“We are not even in talks with Chavez I can promise you that,” Marsh informed World Boxing News.

“But one thing we will be doing is contacting Top Rank too clarify a tweet from Chavez that stated he wants to fight Martin. The press seem to have reacted to what’s already out there and if there is a chance to get this fight made, then obviously everyone knows Martin is a true fighter and would fight any man, anywere as long as everything stacks up. From our side though, we have not made any moves yet.”

Murray, 30, has significantly raised his profile with two strong showings against Felix Sturm and Martinez at world level and seems to now have a target on his back as the top contenders at 160lbs look to strike while the iron is hot.

Fights with WBO title holder Peter Quillin and IBF champion Daniel Geale have already been touted this year for Murray, although nothing concrete has been substantiated and at this point is just paper talk.

27 year-old former WBC belt holder Chavez has apparently already agreed to face Bryan Vera on August 3 in Mexico City, and whether Murray can still get in the shake-up for that opportunity will only come to light in time.