Martin Murray (boxer)

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Martin Murray
Statistics
Weight(s)
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Reach73 in (185 cm)
NationalityBritish
Born (1982-09-27) 27 September 1982 (age 36)
St Helens, Merseyside,
England
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights44
Wins38
Wins by KO17
Losses5
Draws1

Martin Murray (born 27 September 1982) is a British professional boxer who has competed since 2007 . He has held the WBA interim middleweight title from 2012 to 2014, the British and Commonwealth middleweight titles between 2010 and 2012, and challenged four times for a world title.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Murray's professional debut came in September 2007 with a victory over Jamie Ambler at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan. He fought once more that year to finish 2007 with a record of 2-0. A busy 2008 saw Murray fight seven more times scoring seven victories over a series of journeyman opponents.[2] On 22 November 2008, he stepped into the limelight by taking part in the fourth series of the Prizefighter tournament shown live on sky. He scored wins over Joe Rea and Danny Butler before beating former English title challenger Cello Renda in the final to claim the £25,000 first prize.[3] Following the tournament victory Murray marked time with wins over fellow prospect Kevin Concepcion in April 2009[4] and former Commonwealth title challenger Thomas Awinbono in July of the same year.[5]

Ricky Hatton Promotions[edit]

Murray left VIP Promotions after the Awinbono fight to sign with Hatton Promotions. His first fight was on the undercard of Matthew Macklin's European Title win at the Manchester Velodrome. Murray faced George Aduashvili of Georgia on 25 September 2009 and scored a first-round knockout victory. Following the win Murray said that former British champion Wayne Elcock was on his radar as a man he'd like to beat in order to push himself into future title contention.[6] Murray's next fight on 27 November 2009 instead saw the man from St Helens outpoint Belarus boxer Sergey Khomitsky with a points victory over 8 rounds.[7] In his first fight of 2010 Murray continued his winning run against international opposition with a victory over the Georgian middleweight champion Shalva Jomardashvili.[8] A shot at the Commonwealth title against Tanzanian boxer Francis Cheka should then have subsequently followed. However, Cheka was refused a work permit and on 24 May 2010 in Sheffield, Murray instead defeated late replacement Lee Noble in another non-title fight en route to recording his 19th straight victory.[9]

Two years later, Murray gave Nick Blackwell the first loss of his career and won the vacant British Middleweight title on 18 July 2011.

Commonwealth champion[edit]

On 16 July 2010 Murray finally fought for a first professional title, the middleweight version of the Commonwealth crown. His opponent at the fight in the Bolton Arena was Australian Peter Mitrevski Jr. Murray went the full 12 round distance for the first time in his career and won on a unanimous points decision. Despite the win Murray claimed that he had felt "sluggish" throughout the fight adding that "I know I can perform much better".[10] He followed up the win on 26 November 2010 with a fight for a second title in a row at the Bolton Arena. His opponent, Brazilian Carlos Nascimento, was the co-challenger for the WBA version of the inter-continental title with Murray winning by stoppage in the third round.[11]

Murray fought against Felix Sturm on 2 December 2011 at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany for the WBA Middleweight Title. The fight went 12 rounds and ended up being scored a controversial draw.

Second world title attempt[edit]

It was confirmed going into his with fight Jorge Navarro at Manchester Arena on 24 November 2012 for the interim WBA World Middleweight Championship, that if Murray were to defeat Navarro, he would be the next in line for a shot at the WBA World Middleweight Championship currently held by Gennady Golovkin. Murray, now 25-0-1, defeated the undefeated Venezuelan by TKO and would fight for the world title against World Middleweight Champion Sergio Gabriel Martínez in Argentina on 27 April 2013.[12][13] Murray lost a close, controversial decision in a fight where he put Martinez on the canvas twice but with the referee only counting one knockdown.[14][15]

Third world title attempt[edit]

Following four solid decision victories in the aftermath of his loss to Sergio Martínez, Murray was given the opportunity to face off against the WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. Despite a spirited effort (that of which saw him fight into the 11th round), Murray was ultimately stopped for the first time in his career after referee Luis Pabon witnessed him take several hard unanswered shots from Golovkin.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
44 fights 38 wins 5 losses
By knockout 17 1
By decision 21 4
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
44 Win 38–5–1 Portugal Rui Manuel Pavanito PTS 10 12 Jul 2019 United Kingdom Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England
43 Loss 37–5–1 France Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam MD 12 22 Dec 2018 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Lost WBC Silver middleweight title
42 Win 37–4–1 Mexico Roberto García UD 12 23 Jun 2018 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England Won WBC Silver middleweight title
41 Win 36–4–1 Germany Arman Torosyan KO 4 (8), 2:39 16 Sep 2017 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
40 Win 35–4–1 United States Gabriel Rosado MD 12 22 Apr 2017 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title
39 Win 34–4–1 Germany Nuhu Lawal UD 12 12 Nov 2016 Monaco Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco Won vacant WBA Continental (Europe) super-middleweight title
38 Loss 33–4–1 United Kingdom George Groves UD 12 25 Jun 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England For WBA International super-middleweight title
37 Win 33–3–1 Belgium Cedric Spera TKO 2 (8), 1:47 7 May 2016 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
36 Loss 32–3–1 Germany Arthur Abraham SD 12 21 Nov 2015 Germany TUI Arena, Hanover, Germany For WBO super-middleweight title
35 Win 32–2–1 Colombia Jose Miguel Torres TKO 5 (12), 2:19 5 Sep 2015 United Kingdom First Direct Arena, Leeds, England Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental super-middleweight title
34 Win 31–2–1 Croatia Mirzet Bajrektarevic TKO 5 (8), 2:51 18 Jul 2015 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
33 Win 30–2–1 Georgia (country) George Beroshvili KO 2 (8), 2:29 26 Jun 2015 United Kingdom Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
32 Loss 29–2–1 Kazakhstan Gennadiy Golovkin TKO 11 (12), 0:50 21 Feb 2015 Monaco Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco For WBA (Super), IBO, and WBC interim middleweight titles
31 Win 29–1–1 Italy Domenico Spada TD 7 (12), 1:19 25 Oct 2014 Monaco Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco Retained WBC Silver middleweight title;
Unanimous TD after Spada was cut from an accidental head clash
30 Win 28–1–1 Ukraine Max Bursak UD 12 21 Jun 2014 Monaco Casino, Monte Carlo, Monaco Won vacant WBC Silver middleweight title
29 Win 27–1–1 Ghana Ishmael Tetteh RTD 6 (10), 3:00 23 Apr 2014 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
28 Win 26–1–1 Belarus Sergey Khomitsky PTS 8 14 Dec 2013 United Kingdom ExCeL, London, England
27 Loss 25–1–1 Argentina Sergio Martínez UD 12 27 Apr 2013 Argentina José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina For WBC, The Ring, and lineal middleweight titles
26 Win 25–0–1 Venezuela Jorge Navarro TKO 6 (12), 1:40 24 Nov 2012 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Won Interim WBA middleweight title
25 Win 24–0–1 France Karim Achour PTS 10 16 Jun 2012 United Kingdom Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, England
24 Draw 23–0–1 Germany Felix Sturm SD 12 2 Dec 2011 Germany SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany For WBA (Super) middleweight title
23 Win 23–0 United Kingdom Nick Blackwell RTD 5 (12), 3:00 18 Jun 2011 United Kingdom Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England Retained Commonwealth and WBA Inter-Continental middleweight titles;
Won vacant British middleweight title
22 Win 22–0 Brazil John Anderson Carvalho TKO 4 (12), 2:20 16 Apr 2011 United Kingdom MEN Arena, Manchester, England Retained WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title
21 Win 21–0 Brazil Carlos Nascimento TKO 3 (12), 1:40 26 Nov 2010 United Kingdom Reebok Stadium, Bolton, England Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title
20 Win 20–0 Australia Peter Mitrevski Jr. UD 12 16 Jul 2010 United Kingdom Bolton Arena, Bolton, England Won vacant Commonwealth middleweight title
19 Win 19–0 United Kingdom Lee Noble RTD 3 (8), 3:00 21 May 2010 United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England
18 Win 18–0 Georgia (country) Shalva Jomardashvili PTS 6 19 Feb 2010 United Kingdom Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, England
17 Win 17–0 Belarus Sergey Khomitsky PTS 8 27 Nov 2009 United Kingdom Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England
16 Win 16–0 Georgia (country) George Aduashvili KO 1 (6), 3:02 25 Sep 2009 United Kingdom Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, England
15 Win 15–0 Ghana Thomas Awinbono PTS 8 25 Jul 2009 United Kingdom Sutton Sports Centre, St Helens, England
14 Win 14–0 United Kingdom Kevin Concepcion TKO 3 (6), 0:01 17 Apr 2009 United Kingdom Indoor Sports Centre, Leigh, England
13 Win 13–0 Georgia (country) Mikheil Khutsishvili TKO 4 (6), 1:13 6 Mar 2009 United Kingdom Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England
12 Win 12–0 United Kingdom Cello Renda SD 3 22 Nov 2008 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Prizefighter 4: middleweight final
11 Win 11–0 United Kingdom Danny Butler SD 3 22 Nov 2008 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Prizefighter 4: middleweight semi-final
10 Win 10–0 United Kingdom Joe Rea UD 3 22 Nov 2008 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Prizefighter 4: middleweight quarter-final
9 Win 9–0 Slovakia Joseph Sovijus KO 1 (6), 1:03 12 Oct 2008 United Kingdom Indoor Sports Centre, Leigh, England
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Carl Wild TKO 2 (6), 1:25 14 Sep 2008 United Kingdom Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England
7 Win 7–0 Belgium Michael Recloux PTS 6 15 Jun 2008 United Kingdom Sutton Leisure Centre, St Helens, England
6 Win 6–0 United Kingdom Dean Walker PTS 6 23 May 2008 United Kingdom Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England
5 Win 5–0 Argentina James Tucker PTS 4 18 Apr 2008 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
4 Win 4–0 Poland Michael Banbula PTS 6 16 Mar 2008 United Kingdom Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Dean Walker PTS 6 16 Feb 2008 United Kingdom Tower Circus, Blackpool, England
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Phil Callaghan TKO 1 (4), 1:21 26 Oct 2007 United Kingdom Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Jamie Ambler PTS 6 22 Sep 2007 United Kingdom Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "Murray puts his title credentials on the line". Liverpoolecho. 26 July 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Up and coming middleweight Martin Murray keen to face Wayne Elcock". Liverpoolecho. 29 September 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Unbeaten Murray given a scare by the ghost". Liverpoolecho. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Georgian champion a threat to Murray". Liverpoolecho. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  9. ^ "MARTIN MURRAY keeps on track for vacant Commonwealth title shot". Liverpoolecho. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
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  11. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20110708090202/http://news.boxrec.com/news/2010/easy-nights-work-hatton-murray-quigg-march. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20121207190233/http://www.worldboxingnews.net/2012/11/sergio-martinez-v-martin-murray-set-for.html. Archived from the original on 7 December 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Darren Barker
Commonwealth
middleweight champion

16 July 2010 – December 2011
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Billy Joe Saunders
Vacant
Title last held by
Avtandil Khurtsidze
WBA Inter-Continental
middleweight champion

26 November 2010 – 2 December 2011
Lost bid for world title
Vacant
Title next held by
Patrick Nielsen
Vacant
Title last held by
Darren Barker
British middleweight champion
18 June 2011 – October 2012
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Billy Joe Saunders
Vacant
Title last held by
Patrick Nielsen
WBC Silver middleweight champion
21 June 2014 – January 2015
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Tureano Johnson
Vacant
Title last held by
Rocky Fielding
WBA Inter-Continental
super-middleweight champion

5 September 2015 – November 2015
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jürgen Doberstein
Vacant
Title last held by
Dilmurod Satybaldiev
WBA Continental (Europe)
super-middleweight champion

12 November 2016 – April 2017
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Jamie Cox
Vacant
Title last held by
Nuhu Lawal
WBA Inter-Continental
middleweight champion

22 April 2017 – May 2018
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Khuseyn Baysangurov
Preceded by
Roberto García
WBC Silver middleweight champion
23 June 2018 – 22 December 2018
Succeeded by
Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
WBA middleweight champion
Interim title

24 November 2012 – 7 March 2014
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Dmitry Chudinov