World Boxing News have exclusively been informed that two-time world middleweight title challenger Martin Murray has released himself from his Hatton Promotions contract with immediate effect.
The 31 year-old was said to be on the verge of a third challenge at a recognised belt in the coming months, although the St Helens man has decided to explore other avenues with a different promoter.
More developments are expected to be outlined by Murray and his team in the coming days, although WBN understands that potential fights with Felix Sturm and Gennady Golovkin are now off the table for the time being.
An official release was put out as recently as last week by Hatton Promotions stating that Murray has to decide on which world title fight was wants to accept out of Sturm and Golovkin, but the Briton has instead decided a complete change is needed in order to move forward.
Murray has challenged for the world title at 160lbs twice in recent memory, drawing with current IBF champion Sturm back in 2011 before a controversial loss to Sergio Martinez last April for the WBC version.
The former British and Commonwealth title holder’s decision to move on to pastures new is set to put all the big name promoters on high alert, with Murray’s talent certain to give him plenty of options to choose from.
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