Murray heads up to 168lbs with Hearn, eyes DeGale and Groves

Phil Jay 05/06/2015

Three-time world middleweight title challenger Martin Murray is moving up in weight after inking a promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing this week to fight on Sky Sports.

The 32 year-old had initially agreed to extend his deal with Golden Gloves in the immediate aftermath of his loss to Gennady Golovkin earlier this year, but on reflection decided to move back to the UK in search of some high-profile domestic clashes.

Super middleweight is a red hot division in Britain and Murray will now be in the mix with the likes of Carl Froch, IBF champion James DeGale, George Groves, Rocky Fielding and the Smith brothers, Paul and Callum – something Murray is looking forward to.

“I’ve fought the very best at Middleweight and now I’m ready to do the same at 168lbs. It’s a hot division and domestically can throw up some absolute wars. James DeGale did great to capture the World title and I’d love that fight later this year. George Groves is also challenging for a title and again it’s a fight I’d relish,” said Murray.

Top-rated Murray will now make his debut at the higher weight in Liverpool later this month as a replacement for heavyweight David Price who was ruled out of a homecoming bout with a neck injury on Friday.

“I’m excited to return at the Echo Arena on June 26. I’ve never boxed there and it’s not far from my hometown – it’s the beginning of a new journey for me,” he stated.

“I’ve always felt I could become a World champion and now under Eddie, Matchroom and Sky Sports I know I will make that dream become reality,” added Murray.