Martin Murray has accused UK rival Chris Eubank Jr. of looking for an easier route to a world title after dropping down in class to fight for the British championship.
Eubank Jr. has been talked about in the same sentences as world beaters Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs for some time now but in his last two fights has bettered domestic opposition in Nick Blackwell and Tom Doran.
Murray, who has been linked to facing Eubank himself, sees this as a clear indication of the 26 year-old Brighton man’s intent to stay out of the world title picture until the likes of Golovkin and Jacobs have moved on.
“The reason he went for the British belt was to avoid Danny Jacobs. He knows Danny Jacobs beats him all day long,” Murray exclusively told World Boxing News.
“He gave up the interim belt so he didn’t have to fight him. Trying to make out that he wanted the British title more than a world title. If there was an easy fight out there for a world title, no doubt that Eubank Jr and his dad would have taken it all day long.”
A seventeen-month spell at super-middleweight could come to an end for Murray should the right opportunity present itself, although the St. Helens man is sceptical Eubank would ever accept a future fight with him.
“Chris Eubank Jr. serves a purpose because he makes fights bigger if they happen down the line but it’s also the reason he won’t fight me,” he said.