Yesterday Martin Murray came face to face for the first time yesterday with his opponent the WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm. Martin is scheduled to face Sturm in the ring on the 2nd of December in a bout for the WBA title.
This fight is a chance for Martin Murray to show the world how good a fighter he is and hopefully bring home the belt, it is also a dream come true for Sturm who has always wanted to fight at the SAP Arena in Germany.
“Ever since I saw Wladimir Klitschko fighting at the SAP-Arena, it was a personal dream for me to step inside the ring here as well. That dream will come true on December 2nd,” Sturm told the assembled press. “I had a bad night in my last fight against Matthew Macklin and I was rightfully criticized but that won’t happen again. I will keep my championship and deliver a spectacular finish.”
Felix Sturm is training to defend his title in his hometown of Cologne, Germany, for his eleventh time.
“My camp is going well as always. I have to lose five more kilograms but that won’t be that big of a problem. I will be ready come fight night.”
His trainer Fritz Sdunek added:
“Felix certainly wasn’t at his best against Macklin but that will change this time around. There is no doubt in my mind that he will still be champion after the bout.”
Sturm isn’t underestimating Murray as a fighter and was full of praise for the undefeated contender yesterday;
“Murray is tall and a determined fighter. I’m pretty good at dealing with bigger fighters; it makes it easier for me to attack. This could turn into a great, great fight.”
Martin wasn’t put off by Felix Sturms confidence and showed he was calm and commanding in his composure and with an unbeaten record Murray has a right to be confident.
“This is an amazing opportunity for me. Felix has been a great champion for a long time but on December 2nd, his reign will end. Everything will change.”
Murrays training camp are working hard to help Martin have all the skills to take on this formidable challenger and the British boxing fans are positive that Murray will win convincingly.
During the presser Sturm also hinted about potential unification bouts.
“There is nothing bigger than to unify the belts”, he said. “It might happen in the future. But the other champions have to agree, too. It seems like some of them think I could throw money around any way I like. That’s absurd. We will see what happens after I take care of business against Murray. I’m completely focused on him right now anyway.”
Although he would do better to concentrate on this fight against Murray than to look at future fights right now, as Murray has proven to be a tough and disiplined fighter with the skills to be a world champion. Murray is already rated 3rd by the WBA as a contender and has shown significant improvement with every fight. This looks like it is going to be an exciting fight and we can’t wait!