• Middleweight

Murray lines up Martinez title shot

ESPN staff
November 21, 2012
Martin Murray, right, saw his last title shot end in a draw with Felix Sturm © Getty Images

Martin Murray is one win away from a title fight with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, and says he will be up to the task - once he has beaten Jorge Navarro.

St Helens native Murray faces the Venezuelan for the vacant WBA interim title on the undercard of the Ricky Hatton-Vyachslav Senchenko bout at the MEN Arena in Manchester on Saturday.

And while his team have only revealed his potential title shot at Martinez, the world's No. 1-ranked middleweight, a matter of days ahead of the Navarro clash, Murray feels ready to take on the world's best in Argentina next April.

"Martinez is the type of fighter I want to face but I must beat Navarro first," Murray told the Sun. "My team have spoken to Martinez's camp but everything was kept away from me because of Saturday's fight."

Murray rose to prominence after a controversial draw with former WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm in December 2011, with many observers giving the fight to the 30-year-old.

He will be a heavy favourite against Navarro, who arrives with an unbeaten record but is fighting outside of South America for the first time in 13 professional bouts.

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