UK media source, The Daily Mail have shed some light on why Martin Murray pulled out of his interim WBA middleweight title defence against Jarrod Fletcher scheduled for February 1 in Monte Carlo.
Murray, 31, was due to face Fletcher on the Boxing Bonanza bill topped by possible future opponent Gennady Golovkin, although the Australian stated today that the Briton had withdrawn from the fight.
It now seems that the reason for Murray’s actions was due to an offer from IBF champion Felix Sturm for a rematch after the two shared an entertaining draw in December 2011 on the German’s home turf.
The result at the time was dubbed highly controversial and despite Murray’s best efforts, the two never agreed to meet again until now, with details on when and where the return will be still yet to be released.
Seasoned four-time world title holder Sturm recently dethroned Murray’s compatriot Darren Barker in his very first defence of the red belt laste year and at 34 is not resting on his laurels to enjoy being at the top of the sport once again.
If these latest reports are confirmed, Sturm and Murray will certainly generated big interest in a second encounter, which in all likeliness will head back to German soil in the spring.
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