Exclusive: Martin Murray considers return to 160, targets GGG rematch

Joe Hewlett 07/01/2017

Lawrence Lustig

After suffering a defeat to George Groves, Martin Murray admits that he considered throwing in the towel and retiring.

However, after having time to contemplate his decision, the fans favourite is motivated more than ever as he wants that one last chance of becoming a world champion.

“The loss against Groves took it out of me. When I returned to the gym I had never been so low in motivation in my career,” Murray exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Every time I was on the way to the gym I just didn’t want to be there and were times where I nearly turned back around in the car and went back home.

“But since my last fight, I have got that motivation and determination back and I can come back stronger and become world champion. The more people write me off the better, because it makes even more determined to keep proving the doubters wrong.”

Murray is still unsure of what weight he will be fighting at in 2017. The dilemma he faces is whether he wants to go back down to middleweight or remain at super middleweight.

“To be honest I’m still undecided but am leaning towards going back down to middleweight, only because I feel I’m more effective at that weight.

“On my day, there’s no middleweight in the world that can beat me and to be honest I would love another crack at GGG as he’s got all the titles except one. The main reason I moved up to super middleweight was because it killed me having to make weight and after the Golovkin fight there was nowhere for me to go.

“I know I can mix it with bigger lads. I was very unlucky with the Abraham fight I should have won but I knew what to expect going back to Germany after the Sturm fight.

“With the fight against Groves, I wasn’t well going into it and looking back I should have pulled out from the fight but that’s my fault. I don’t feel like I have done myself justice at that weight and have more to offer.

“I know I could beat Tyron Zeuge who’s one of the world champions (at 168) and that’s an option, but I’ll fight whoever because I know on my day I can beat anyone.”

Joe Hewlett is a staff writer for WBN. Follow on Twitter @Hewlett95