Martin Murray knows he’s in last chance saloon on April 14 as the veteran bids to dethrone Billy Joe Saunders of his WBO middleweight belt.
On the back of Saunders putting on a career-best display against David Lemieux, Murray face an uphill task but is craving a victory that will finally end his world title misery.
The St. Helen’s man said: “I rate Billy Joe as a fighter, he’s one of slickest out there and he is coming off of a great win and will be very confident. But I’m very confident, this is my time to become World Champion, as it’s the only thing I have left to do.
“I’ve fought everyone and in my opinion – at middleweight, I have only one genuine loss which is against Gennady Golovkin who is the best out there.
“I don’t count Martinez or Sturm as genuine losses because of the scorecards. But this time around, in my first World Title fight at home, as we are both British fighters fighting on home soil, I know the best man on the night will get the win and leave the arena as World Champion.’
In contrast, April’s bout is likely to be Murray’s final shot at a world title and the 35-year-old challenger is determined to make it a successful one.
“Hopefully it’s fifth time lucky,” said Murray, who admitted that he had contemplated retirement before holding out for one last shot at a world title.
“Last year wasn’t my best year,” he said. “I’m on my last chance now. I’m in a desperate situation, but a desperate man is a dangerous man. It’s going to be a good fight and we’ve both got something to prove.
“I’ve been unlucky, but that’s boxing,” said Murray on his past world-title fight defeats. “I’ve taken took fights that most fighters probably wouldn’t take, but everything happens for a reason and it’s paid off in one way or another because obviously I’m here now and I’ve got my fifth chance.
“It’s now or never for me and I’ve got to win this fight, it’s as simple as that. I know I’m fighting a class operator in Billy Joe Saunders… but obviously I’m going to give it my all and hopefully I can win and kick-start my career again.”