Martin Murray set for summer comeback headlining in Manchester

Golden Gloves 27/02/2015

Naoki Fukuda

The doors keep opening up for Golden Gloves fighters following the company’s expansion into overseas markets.

Fresh off staging the wildly successful “Thunderbolt” event in Monte Carlo, promoter Rodney Berman has set his eyes on Manchester in July or August, to be followed by his seventh tournament in Monte Carlo in October.

With Martin Murray likely to head the Manchester event in a comeback bout, Berman says there will be an opportunity for a South African on the undercard. So too when he heads to Monaco later in the year.

Murray, who was stopped by middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in 11 one-sided rounds on Saturday, wants to fight in June, but Berman is recommending a longer break to recover from the effects of his failed title bid.

“The reality is that while Martin got well beat, he was up against one of the greatest middleweights of all time. He is probably still in the top three, although a fair way behind Golovkin, as are all the rest.”

Berman’s immediate focus switches to Emperors Palace on March 14 where Tommy Oosthuizen and Ryno Liebenberg vie for the vacant IBO light-heavyweight belt. The winner could be propelled into a clash with WBA champion Juergen Braehmer given Golden Gloves’ strong association with Sauerland Promotions. The loser will go on, too, but likely faces a tough route back given the strength of the division.

Berman will also be looking to feature a South African on Murray’s undercard. There won’t be any shortage of takers, among them Hekkie Budler, who earned rave reviews for his display against Jesus Silvestre on Saturday.