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Martin Murray talks 'make or break' fight with George Groves

Martin Murray is expecting an all out war when he faces George Groves in a WBA eliminator on June 25th in London.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Martin Murray (32-3-1, 15 KOs) is scheduled to take on George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) on June 25th at London's O2 Arena in a WBA eliminator bout. Murray, who is coming off a split decision loss to Arthur Abraham last November, knows exactly what's at stake here and is excited for the opportunity - since it may well be his last leading to a world title shot. The fight will featured on the Anthony Joshua-Dominic Breazeale card.

"I'm over the moon to have the fight with Groves confirmed and it's great to be in a big fight in the UK and on a massive show in London. I think that's where my career has suffered a bit, not having the big domestic fights at home so I'm very excited," The St Helens fighter - who is preparing for a tune-up fight on May 7 - exclusively told World Boxing News.

Murray, 33, firmly believes that he's now entering the physical and mental prime of his career since he's only fought professionally for just over 8 years. But given that he's already come up short a few times in world title fights, he also knows that he's running short on chances.

"It's two lads putting it all on the line in a make or break fight and we both know what a loss can do to our careers. The winner goes on to big money fights and can be a major player in the division, while the loser goes backwards and probably won't get the chance again."

I'd sort of expect for Groves to be the favorite in this one, but Murray is a pretty tough customer in his own right. So you tell me, fans, who do you like in this match-up?

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