Martin Murray will get his 4th chance to claim a world title, but this time he will do it at super middleweight when he takes on Arthur Abraham for the WBO championship at 168lbs. The title fight will headline a card taking place at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany on November 21. Live on Sky Sports.
Abraham has made four successful defenses since reclaiming the belt in March of 2014 when he won a split decision in the rubber match with Robert Stieglitz.
For Murray, he first attempted to claim a world title in 2013 when he unsuccessfully challenged for Sergio Martinez’s WBC middleweight championship, but ultimately lost a unanimous decision while remaining more than competitive in the fight. In fact, many believe that Murray did enough to win the fight and fell victim to some hometown cooking in Martinez’s home country of Argentina. It was a solid showing from Murray, who remains one of the few fighters to go the distance during Martinez’s title reign.
“I am thrilled to have the chance to face Arthur for the WBO World Super Middleweight title,” said Murray. “I was shocked when Arthur agreed to the fight, it’s one he didn’t have to take so must be confident but I am at my natural weight now and believe on November 21 I will become World champion.
“It’s the fight that I targeted when I chose to move up to Super Middleweight and it’s one that I am confident of winning. I know that Arthur is a great champion and a tough man to beat on his home patch, but my trainer Oliver Harrison and I both believe that we have the formula to take his title.
“I have never been afraid to travel to fight for World titles and this occasion will be no different; I expect lots of Brits to travel to Germany and it will be a fantastic atmosphere and a great fight for the fans in the Arena and watching on Sky Sports and Sat.1.”