Martin Murray (boxer)
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Reach||73 in (185 cm)|
|Born||27 September 1982|
St Helens, Merseyside,
|Wins by KO||17|
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 2011 to 2014, the British and Commonwealth middleweight titles between 2010 and 2012, and challenged five times for a world title.
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. 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. Following the tournament victory Murray marked time with wins over fellow prospect Kevin Concepcion in April 2009 and former Commonwealth title challenger Thomas Awinbono in July of the same year.
Ricky Hatton Promotions
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. 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 (Khomitsky was the first opponent, who managed to knock Murray down to the canvas for the first time in his pro career). In his first fight of 2010 Murray continued his winning run against international opposition with a victory over the Georgian middleweight champion Shalva Jomardashvili. 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.
Two years later, Murray gave Nick Blackwell the first loss of his career and won the vacant British Middleweight title on 18 July 2011.
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". 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.
Second world title attempt
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. 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.
Third world title attempt
— But Golovkin is a fighter from another planet . . .
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, the second time in Golovkin's career he went ten rounds or more), Murray was ultimately stopped for the first time in his career after referee Luis Pabon witnessed him take several hard unanswered shots from Golovkin.
Fourth world title attempt
After three comeback wins, all of them ending early, Murray was set to challenge for a world title for the fourth time in his career, against Artur Abraham for the WBO super-middleweight title. Murray fought very well on Abraham's home turf in Germany, however, that was not enough for the judges, who scored the fight, 116-111, 115-112 and 112-115 in favor of the home fighter, awarding him the split-decision win. After the fight, a gutted Murray said he was contemplating retirement after another failed attempt to win a world title.
On 25 June, 2016, Murray fought George Groves in a WBA final eliminator. Groves pressed Murray throughout most of the fight, earning him a unanimous decison win, with scores of 118-110 on all three judges' scorecards.
On 23 June, 2018, Murray fought and defeated Roberto Garcia in a foul-filled fight. Murray had some success with his jab and landed more punches compared to Garcia, which was enough for all three judges to call the fight in favor of Murray.
In his next fight, Murray fought against former champion Hassan N'Dam. Despite scoring a knockdown, Murray did not do enough to earn the win. N'Dam won the fight via majority decision, with only one judge scoring the fight a draw, 114-114, while the other two saw it 117-112 and 116-112 in favor of N'Dam.
Professional boxing record
|46 fights||39 wins||6 losses|
|46||Loss||39–6–1||Billy Joe Saunders||UD||12||4 Dec 2020||The SSE Arena, London, England||For WBO super-middleweight title|
|45||Win||39–5–1||Sladan Janjanin||PTS||8||15 Nov 2019||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England|
|44||Win||38–5–1||Rui Manuel Pavanito||PTS||10||12 Jul 2019||Liverpool Olympia, Liverpool, England|
|43||Loss||37–5–1||Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam||MD||12||22 Dec 2018||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||Lost WBC Silver middleweight title|
|42||Win||37–4–1||Roberto García||UD||12||23 Jun 2018||The O2 Arena, London, England||Won WBC Silver middleweight title|
|41||Win||36–4–1||Arman Torosyan||KO||4 (8), 2:39||16 Sep 2017||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|40||Win||35–4–1||Gabriel Rosado||MD||12||22 Apr 2017||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title|
|39||Win||34–4–1||Nuhu Lawal||UD||12||12 Nov 2016||Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco||Won vacant WBA Continental (Europe) super-middleweight title|
|38||Loss||33–4–1||George Groves||UD||12||25 Jun 2016||The O2 Arena, London, England||For WBA International super-middleweight title|
|37||Win||33–3–1||Cedric Spera||TKO||2 (8), 1:47||7 May 2016||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|36||Loss||32–3–1||Arthur Abraham||SD||12||21 Nov 2015||TUI Arena, Hanover, Germany||For WBO super-middleweight title|
|35||Win||32–2–1||Jose Miguel Torres||TKO||5 (12), 2:19||5 Sep 2015||First Direct Arena, Leeds, England||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental super-middleweight title|
|34||Win||31–2–1||Mirzet Bajrektarevic||TKO||5 (8), 2:51||18 Jul 2015||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|33||Win||30–2–1||George Beroshvili||KO||2 (8), 2:29||26 Jun 2015||Echo Arena, Liverpool, England|
|32||Loss||29–2–1||Gennadiy Golovkin||TKO||11 (12), 0:50||21 Feb 2015||Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, Monaco||For WBA (Super), IBO, and WBC interim middleweight titles|
|31||Win||29–1–1||Domenico Spada||TD||7 (12), 1:19||25 Oct 2014||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||Max Bursak||UD||12||21 Jun 2014||Casino, Monte Carlo, Monaco||Won vacant WBC Silver middleweight title|
|29||Win||27–1–1||Ishmael Tetteh||RTD||6 (10), 3:00||23 Apr 2014||Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa|
|28||Win||26–1–1||Sergey Khomitsky||PTS||8||14 Dec 2013||ExCeL, London, England|
|27||Loss||25–1–1||Sergio Martínez||UD||12||27 Apr 2013||José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina||For WBC and The Ring middleweight titles|
|26||Win||25–0–1||Jorge Navarro||TKO||6 (12), 1:40||24 Nov 2012||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England||Won Interim WBA middleweight title|
|25||Win||24–0–1||Karim Achour||PTS||10||16 Jun 2012||Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, England|
|24||Draw||23–0–1||Felix Sturm||SD||12||2 Dec 2011||SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany||For WBA (Super) middleweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Nick Blackwell||RTD||5 (12), 3:00||18 Jun 2011||Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England||Retained Commonwealth and WBA Inter-Continental middleweight titles;|
Won vacant British middleweight title
|22||Win||22–0||John Anderson Carvalho||TKO||4 (12), 2:20||16 Apr 2011||MEN Arena, Manchester, England||Retained WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title|
|21||Win||21–0||Carlos Nascimento||TKO||3 (12), 1:40||26 Nov 2010||Reebok Stadium, Bolton, England||Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title|
|20||Win||20–0||Peter Mitrevski Jr.||UD||12||16 Jul 2010||Bolton Arena, Bolton, England||Won vacant Commonwealth middleweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Lee Noble||RTD||3 (8), 3:00||21 May 2010||Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England|
|18||Win||18–0||Shalva Jomardashvili||PTS||6||19 Feb 2010||Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke-on-Trent, England|
|17||Win||17–0||Sergey Khomitsky||PTS||8||27 Nov 2009||Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England|
|16||Win||16–0||George Aduashvili||KO||1 (6), 3:02||25 Sep 2009||Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, England|
|15||Win||15–0||Thomas Awinbono||PTS||8||25 Jul 2009||Sutton Sports Centre, St Helens, England|
|14||Win||14–0||Kevin Concepcion||TKO||3 (6), 0:01||17 Apr 2009||Indoor Sports Centre, Leigh, England|
|13||Win||13–0||Mikheil Khutsishvili||TKO||4 (6), 1:13||6 Mar 2009||Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England|
|12||Win||12–0||Cello Renda||SD||3||22 Nov 2008||York Hall, London, England||Prizefighter 4: middleweight final|
|11||Win||11–0||Danny Butler||SD||3||22 Nov 2008||York Hall, London, England||Prizefighter 4: middleweight semi-final|
|10||Win||10–0||Joe Rea||UD||3||22 Nov 2008||York Hall, London, England||Prizefighter 4: middleweight quarter-final|
|9||Win||9–0||Joseph Sovijus||KO||1 (6), 1:03||12 Oct 2008||Indoor Sports Centre, Leigh, England|
|8||Win||8–0||Carl Wild||TKO||2 (6), 1:25||14 Sep 2008||Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England|
|7||Win||7–0||Michael Recloux||PTS||6||15 Jun 2008||Sutton Leisure Centre, St Helens, England|
|6||Win||6–0||Dean Walker||PTS||6||23 May 2008||Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England|
|5||Win||5–0||James Tucker||PTS||4||18 Apr 2008||York Hall, London, England|
|4||Win||4–0||Michael Banbula||PTS||6||16 Mar 2008||Everton Park Sports Centre, Liverpool, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Dean Walker||PTS||6||16 Feb 2008||Tower Circus, Blackpool, England|
|2||Win||2–0||Phil Callaghan||TKO||1 (4), 1:21||26 Oct 2007||Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England|
|1||Win||1–0||Jamie Ambler||PTS||6||22 Sep 2007||Robin Park Arena, Wigan, England|
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- "Martin Murray Gutted, Felt Confident He'd Get Decision". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
- "George Groves Powers Past Martin Murray For Decision Win". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
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- "Hassan N'Dam Overcomes Knockdown, Beats Martin Murray". BoxingScene.com. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
- Official website
- Boxing record for Martin Murray from BoxRec
- Martin Murray - Profile, News Archive & Current Rankings at Box.Live
|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byDarren Barker
16 July 2010 – December 2011
Title next held byBilly Joe Saunders
Title last held byAvtandil Khurtsidze
| WBA Inter-Continental
26 November 2010 – 2 December 2011
Lost bid for world title
Title next held byPatrick Nielsen
Title last held byDarren Barker
| British middleweight champion
18 June 2011 – October 2012
Title next held byBilly Joe Saunders
Title last held byPatrick Nielsen
| WBC Silver middleweight champion
21 June 2014 – January 2015
Title next held byTureano Johnson
Title last held byRocky Fielding
| WBA Inter-Continental
5 September 2015 – November 2015
Title next held byJürgen Doberstein
Title last held byDilmurod Satybaldiev
| WBA Continental (Europe)
12 November 2016 – April 2017
Title next held byJamie Cox
Title last held byNuhu Lawal
| WBA Inter-Continental
22 April 2017 – May 2018
Title next held byKhuseyn Baysangurov
| WBC Silver middleweight champion
23 June 2018 – 22 December 2018
Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
|World boxing titles|
Title last held byHassan N'Dam N'Jikam
| WBA middleweight champion
24 November 2012 – 7 March 2014
Title next held byDmitry Chudinov