Unbeaten middleweight Martin Murray heads to Buenos Aires to face WBC middleweight title against Sergio Martinez on April 27th at the 50,000 seat Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in one of the biggest challenges faced by a British fighter overseas in recent years. Murray is promoted by British great Ricky Hatton, who acknowledges that his man has a high mountain to climb.
“Martin is heading into the lion’s den knowing full well that he is the underdog against the best middleweight in the world and one of the pound-for-pound best,” said Hatton. “But this is very much like my fight against Tszyu when nobody gave me a chance of beating him when he was at the top. Like any good champion, their reign comes to an end and there is always another fighter coming through. I believe that Martinez, at 37, has shown some signs that he can be beaten, especially in his last fight against Chavez Jr. Martin’s confident, he’s fresh and he’s got the experience and it’s not beyond the realm of possiblity that Martin could pull this off. If he does then it would beat my win over Tszyu and rank alongside some of the greatest ever British wins on foreign soil like Lloyd Honeyghan defeating Don Curry and Ken Buchanan beating Ishmael Laguna.”