Martin Murray is facing a huge challenge on April 27, when he travels to Argentina to face WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in front of an expected 50,000 fans. But he says stardom doesn't motivate him; money does, specifically the ability to provide for his family's future.
"There’s stardom to be had, but for me it’s all about providing for my wife and kids. Boxing’s is my job so it’s not just about looking good, it’s about winning things so I can make sure my family has the best life I can provide for them. Winning this will make me the number one middleweight in the world and set up some more big opportunities. If I go on and beat Martinez I’ll be in some massive fights which will secure our future and my legacy."
Murray (25-0-1, 11 KO) had a good showing in a draw against Felix Sturm in December 2011, and won a pair of easy bouts last year against overmatched foes. Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KO) is without question a huge step up from even Sturm, let alone the likes of Jorge Navarro and Karim Achour.
Murray feels he can pull the upset, though, and he may be slipping in at the right time. Martinez turns 38 in February, and is coming off of knee surgery, too. If there's a time for an in-prime, aggressive fighter to catch Martinez, this could be it.
HBO will televise the April 27 bout.