Former two-time middleweight title challenger Martin Murray has moved up to super middleweight, where he continues to get acclimated this Saturday in Leeds against Colombia's Jose Miguel Torres in what is expected to be a third straight tune-up bout and nothing more.
But if Murray (31-2-1, 14 KO) gets past Torres without trouble as anticipated, he's looking to get another title shot in sooner than later, and his main target is WBO titleholder Arthur Abraham. From ESPN.com:
"I really want the Arthur Abraham fight," Murray said. "[Matchroom Boxing promoter] Eddie Hearn was with [Kalle and Nisse Sauerland, the brothers who promote Abraham,] last week, so hopefully it gets made. I doubt he would give me a voluntary defense as I'm too dangerous. So I would have to go down the route of becoming mandatory challenger in one of the governing bodies."
Murray, 32, added that he's "not picky" about who he could face for a world title at 168, though, including James DeGale (IBF), the Badou Jack-George Grovers winner (WBC), or the Fedor Chudinov-Frank Buglioni winner (WBA).
In fact, one could argue Abraham (43-4, 29 KO) as the true top dog at super middleweight now that it appears as though Andre Ward is leaving the division in search of bigger names and bigger money at 175, and that Murray is gunning for the most proven fighter out there.
Murray challenged Sergio Martinez for the middleweight championship in 2013, losing a controversial decision in Argentina. In February of this year, he was dominated by Gennady Golovkin and stopped in the 11th round. He's been very busy since then, fighting on June 26, July 18, and now on Saturday.
Abraham, 35, is 2-0 this year with wins over rivals Paul Smith and Robert Stieglitz, and has won seven in a row overall since a 2013 loss to Stieglitz. He's 11-1 since a loss to Andre Ward in 2011.