Murray eyes world title triumph prior to Ward / DeGale unification

Matt Horan 28/09/2015

Should St Helens’ Martin Murray win a world title at super middleweight, he wants to unify the division as soon as possible.

Murray (32-2) – a three-time world title challenger – recently won his third consecutive fight since moving up to the 168lb division. Now, the 33 year-old feels ready to take on the best in the division and finally win that elusive world title.

Murray’s new stablemate James Degale currently hold’s the IBF belt, while Badou Jack – recent conqueror of George Groves – Fedor Chudinov and Arthur Abraham also hold versions of the world title. Andre Ward still has the WBA’s ‘super’ title in his possession, even though he hasn’t defended his belt in almost two years.

“I’m ready now for a big fight, I’ve had some fights at the weight and feel brilliant – I don’t want to hang about,” Murray said.

“The Abraham fight would be brilliant. It would be in Germany and no doubt would be tough, but I know I’ve got what it takes.

“If that fight doesn’t come off, there are still plenty of other options for me. I’m sure the Jack fight could happen; I was hoping Groves would win – as that fight may have been easier to make in the UK – but that’s how it goes.”

Murray recently joined Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, who would be able to oversee a fight with champion James Degale.

“The fight with Degale has been mentioned, but I don’t know if it’s possible. He’s trying to crack America at the minute, so looks like he has other plans,” he added.

“Him and Ward are the best fighters in the division for me and I would like to already have a world title by the time I fight those guys.

“If they become available, I will take them without hesitation – but ideally, I would love to have a belt first and make it a huge unification bout.”

Matt Horan is a staff writer for WBN. Follow Matt on Twitter @Mhoran123