Murray and Hatton pursue second Sturm shot: Felix loses respect if he doesn’t rematch Martin

9 Dec

Tommy Barber – London

Middleweight contender Martin Murray is so eager to take the ‘Super’ WBA middleweight world championship incumbency away from current titlist Felix Sturm that he will travel to Germany a second time in order to ease contractual negotiations with the champion. Murray and Sturm boxed to a disputed draw at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim on Friday, December 2.

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“Sturm has proved himself to be a great champion and a man everybody in boxing respects,” said Murray (23-0-1, 10ko) this week.

Sturm (36-2-2, 15ko) has fought three times in 2012 with two of those occasions against Brit-based boxers. In February, he stopped Michigan-based 32-year-old Ronald Hearns in just seven rounds yet, four months later, was given all kinds of trouble by the pressure-fighting style of Matthew Macklin, an Irishman from Birmingham, England. According to On The Beak‘s scorecard, Macklin emerged with a slim points victory but it was Sturm who got the nod.

Murray continued: “After his controversial win over Macklin in the summer he offered a rematch, but was turned down. I like to think that Sturm will do the same to me. Unlike Macklin, I will accept and go to Germany once again.”

Murray, unlike Macklin, did not pressure Sturm. He did, however, display stellar technique yet, when he connected with an eye-catching combination, he took a step backwards instead of following up on his success. It is perhaps because of this that saw certain rounds go against him, as Sturm was consistent throughout the distance contest.

“I believe the decision was wrong,” said Murray.

Promoter Ricky Hatton commented: “I have the utmost respect for Felix Sturm and, myself and Martin were grateful to be given a world title shot. But, I feel Felix will lose the respect of the boxing world if he doesn’t give Martin a rematch.”

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

Related article: Murray takes Sturm the distance, gains draw decision in Germany

Related article: Judges favour Felix Sturm’s technical skill over Macklin’s relentlessness, champion retains WBA belt due to split decision

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