Interim WBA middleweight champion Martin Murray is ready to hit the road once again as the St Helens fighter attempts to seal a clash against Australia’s Garth Wood later this year.
The 30 year-old former British title holder last fought in a brave attempt to dethrone pound for pound middleweight king Sergio Martinez on his home patch in Argentina, with some even believing that Murray did enough to get the decision.
After months of being linked to a clash with full WBA belt holder Gennady Golovkin despite US Visa problems, Murray is now looking to secure entry into Australia to battle Wood in what looks to be a stay-busy fight against the veteran.
“If I can get a Visa to Australia I’ll be defending my WBA Interim title against Garth Wood in Sydney on November 30th,” said Murray. “I’d love to fight over here (in Britain), but it’s the only option I’ve got otherwise I lose my title – so that’s why I’m fighting in Oz (Australia).”
Wood, who holds an avenged win over Anthony Mundine from 2010, is currently the WBA Pan African champion which gives him the sufficient ranking to challenge Murray in what looks to be a one-sided contest.
A win for Murray would possibly re-open the gates to a high-profile fight on UK soil against new IBF king Darren Barker in 2014, although Barker has to get through a potential mandatory fight with Felix Sturm before any domestic bout could begin talks.