Martin Murray (32-2-1, 15 KOs) is leaving nothing to chance in preparation for his WBO World Super Middleweight title challenge against Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) on November 21 at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany.
To ensure he is in peak physical condition, the 33 year-old rugby fanatic has set aside his loyalty to local team St. Helens to join bitter rivals Wigan Warriors for a series of strength and conditioning sessions.
‘’My strength and conditioning coach Mark Bitcon works with the Wigan Warriors so I’ve been going over there a couple of times a week and to do a session with them,’’ reveals Murray. ‘’The guys know I’m a big St. Helens fans so obviously there is a bit of banter, but despite the rivalry, the coaching staff and everybody involved with the club are more than happy to help.’’
Ahead of his fourth World title tilt, the former British and Commonwealth Champion believes these grueling sessions could prove decisive in his quest to wrestle the WBO crown from ‘King’ Arthur.
‘’I’ve had a few different strength and conditioning coaches since I started my career, but the work I’m doing now with Mark and the Warriors is by far the best,’’ says Murray. ‘’I’m getting some great work, and with his help, I’ll be ready to take the title from Arthur!’’
On hearing of his opponent’s new training regime, the champion’s only concern is that the British boxer comes through these sessions unscathed. ‘’I know rugby is a very physical game so I hope Martin doesn’t pick up any injuries as I don’t want him to have any excuses when I beat him on November 21,’’ said Abraham.
The WBO World Super Middleweight Championship fight between Arthur Abraham and Martin Murray will be broadcast live on Sat.1 in Germany and Sky Sports in the UK. Tickets are available online via tickethall.de and eventim.de.