WBN catches up with Martin Murray and talks topping the bill in Liverpool on April 22, GGG and his future plans for winning a world title at long last.
After retirement announcements from Paulie Malignaggi and Derry Mathews last week after respective defeats at the O2, the pressure is very much on for Martin Murray to prove that experience can come out on top. And while Gabriel Rosado has also had his fair share of fights, Murray feels he’s got this one in the bag and can prove he is a still in contention for a world title.
The 34 year old fighter from Merseyside (34-4-1) faces Gabriel Rosado, 31, (23-10) from Pennsylvania, topping the bill at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on April 22 in what is set to be an all-out war and a strong contender for fight of the year according to Eddie Hearn.
“Training is going really well and I’ve had the most amazing camp up to now, one of the best I’ve ever had. I’m on it for this fight. I’m really looking forward to it,” said Murray, who went 11 rounds, the furthest anyone has ever gone with middleweight king Gennady Golovkin back in February 2015.
“It’s just making the 160lbs again, I haven’t been that weight for two years [since losing to Golovkin] but it’s not daunting. I’m still improving as a fighter. I’m not done yet. I’m doing better and better every day at the gym. I’ve been unlucky at super middle and middle weight and there’s an argument to say I could have been a two-weight world champion, but that’s what happens when you fight world champions in their own backyards. The lucks not been with me and the decisions have gone against me. I’m constantly getting better and there are boxers out there, like Billy Joe Saunders who have got a belt. Golovkin’s got the rest tied up but a belt has got to come up soon and I’ll be there ready for it.”
“Barring Golovkin, there is no other Middleweight that could beat me right now. I’ve definitely got this win [against Rosado] in me. Rosado is known for being a tough guy. But so am I. But I’m better than him in every department. I’m a level above him. I am very confident going into this fight. It will be a good fight but I am going to win.”
“Rosado never quits. I’ll never quit. When things have been going wrong for either of us in the past we’ve proved we grit it out. As it changes from round to round there’s always going to be times when I’m on top or maybe he’s on top, but for the viewers at home and the people that are there they know they can never write either one of us off at any point and that’s what makes this fight a serious one to watch!”
He said on Rosado and his past fights: “I am a fan of him and his style, he is very similar to me – he’s been everywhere and fought everyone. The difference is, where I have been unlucky, he has fallen short. Talent-wise he is just a level below world class, he’s just on the fringe. He always gives it his all and you have to respect him for that, but I’m just that level up.”
Focusing on the future, Murray believes a win on April 22 will provide him with an opportunity for his fifth shot at a world title.
“If I can’t beat Rosado I think all genuine hopes of a world title are over, but whenever Rosado has stepped up to a fight with a world class fighter, he’s been beaten. He’s a good judge for me to see if I’m on track for a world title after coming back down to Middleweight but I don’t think I would hang up my gloves even with a loss… not that I am even considering that option.”
“I haven’t topped a bill over here since 2011 and I have always wanted to top a bill at The Echo. I have waited a long time now for this platform so I can’t wait for the crowd to turn out in force – it’s going to be a great night. We’re going to get the Echo rocking and I’m going to win!”
Martin Murray Predictions 2017:
Golovkin v Jacobs
“Golovkin to win. There is no one who can beat him at Middleweight. I think I was his biggest test. Jacobs is a top fighter, I fought him in amateurs but GGG is another level. I don’t see anyone beating him and I think when Jacobs gets caught, he will go down.”
Linares v Crolla
“If I had to choose, I’d say Linares to win. I love Anthony Crolla, I think he is a top lad and I want him to win, and there is no saying he can’t, but if it really comes down to it I’d have to pick Linares coming out on top. “
Joshua v Klitschko
“I think the time is right for AJ to take Klitschko now. It will be a big test but I think it is just one fight too many for Klitschko now. Joshua is going to do him.”
Charlotte Prior is a staff writer for WBN. Follow Charlotte on Twitter @charlottelily89