Exclusive: Murray awaits foe for May 7, backs top dog DeGale to win

Matt Horan 29/04/2016

With a huge domestic clash against George Groves just under two months away, St Helens’ Martin Murray is eager to first come through his May 7 fight unscathed and injury-free.

It has been confirmed that Murray (32-3-1, 15 KO) – a four-time world title challenger – will face fellow super middleweight Groves on June 25 at London’s O2 Arena as chief support to Anthony Joshua who makes the first defence of his IBF world title. The fight will also be an eliminator for the WBA world title.

Having not fought since a split-decision loss to WBO champion Arthur Abraham in November 2015, Murray is scheduled to fight on the undercard of Anthony Crolla vs Ismael Barroso in Manchester next weekend as he looks to gain momentum going into the Groves contest.

“With this fight coming up on May 7, I thought I was going to have a decent opponent announced weeks and weeks ago and then look for the Groves fight later,” Murray exclusively told World Boxing News.

“But then with the Groves fight coming a lot sooner, it has obviously affected the quality of opponent for this one. As of yet, I have no idea who the opponent will be or how many rounds I will be going. The main thing is just to go in there, get the job done and come out fresh and injury-free.”

While Murray is in action next weekend, his fellow British super middleweight and IBF world champion James Degale will be fighting this Saturday night and Murray expects the Londoner to win quite comfortably. Degale will be making his mandatory defence against Mexico’s Rogelio Medina in Washington.

Murray said: “I rate Degale and he is a quality, world class champion. On Saturday, he can make It as easy or as hard as he wants for himself, but I expect him to win comfortably. Looking at the current world champions at the minute, in my opinion, Degale is definitely the best out of the lot.”

Matt Horan is lead writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @mhoran123