Murray and promoter Hatton suggest Sturm benefited from hometown decision in Germany

2 Dec

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

World title challenger Martin Murray, the former incumbent of the British and Commonwealth championships at middleweight, took on Felix Sturm in Mannheim on Friday, November 2 and left Germany with a draw, however, after the official announcement the fighter, as well as his promoter, both opined that the ‘Super’ WBA champion at 160lbs benefited from a hometown decision.

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“I want to thank my team… [trainer] Oliver Harrison has been there from day one and also thanks to Ricky [Hatton] for getting the fight sorted,” said Murray (23-0-1, 10ko) to Sky Sports.

Judge Jean-Francois Toupin scored the fight 116-112 in favour of Sturm, however, this was offset by the card of judge Ted Gimza, who saw Murray edge the contest by a score of 115-113. Judge Pasquale Procopio was unable to split the two pugilists with a 114-114 card.

The 12 rounds were highly competitive, with little to separate the fighters in each round. The two stanzas that provided a definitive victor were seven, where Murray excelled with his combination work and round 12, where Sturm almost finished the challenger off.

“The decision, we thought we won,” continued Murray. “I’ll go back through the fight and watch the tape. We’re gutted we didn’t get the win but what do you expect? We’re in Germany,” he explicitly stated.

“We are world class. We took a major step up in class but we showed we are on that level. I could feel him going, with a couple more rounds we could have had him.”

Murray’s head cornerman Harrison, who was the architect for his charge’s approach, said: “[We’re] very proud of Martin. He stuck to the gameplan all the way through. With an extra three rounds we could have had this world title today.”

Promoter Ricky Hatton echoed Murray’s insinuation that the result would have been different had it been fought in neutral territory. He said: “From day one [Murray] was world class. It’s a fantastic achievement to fight for the world title, but the speed Martin has done it in is a credit to him and the team.

“Personally, I think he won it. But… we are in Germany!”

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