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Fighting Martinez all about the money for Murray

ESPN staff
January 31, 2013
It will be Argentina v England when Martin Murray travels to South America to fight Sergio Martinez © Getty Images

Martin Murray is fully aware of the riches and notoriety that will follow a victory over Sergio Martinez but he insists only half those rewards interest him; the money.

WBC middleweight champion Martinez is an Argentinian institution while Murray is a family man from St Helens. But should he triumph in front of an expected 50,000 fans in Buenos Aires on April 27 he will be catapulted into boxing superstardom.

Although the trappings of fame do not interest the 30-year-old, he is determined to secure the best future he can for his family.

"There's stardom to be had, but for me it's all about providing for my wife and kids," Murray is quoted as saying by fightnews.com. "Boxing is my job so it's not just about looking good, it's about winning things so I can make sure my family has the best life I can provide for them.

"Winning this will make me the No. 1 middleweight in the world and set up some more big opportunities. If I go on and beat Martinez I'll be in some massive fights which will secure our future and my legacy."

Murray (25-1-0) is undefeated while Martinez has lost two of his 54 career fights but the Argentine is regarded as among the top three pound-for-pound boxers in the world. In 2005, Ricky Hatton upset the odds to end the career of Kostya Tszyu, who was held as the No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter at the time. And the Hitman is hopeful that Murray can perform a similar trick in the spring.

He told ESPN: "[It's] a very, very tough fight for Martin, obviously Martinez is No. 3 pound-for-pound in the world at the moment and it's in front of 50,000 people in Argentina. Every good champion comes to an end sometime; hopefully this is the right time for Martin.

"He [Murray] can be a world champion; he's very inexperienced at the minute. When I fought Kostya Tszyu he was No. 2 pound-for-pound, Martinez is No. 3. Hopefully it will be similar."

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