#2 WBC, #3 IBF Martin Murray (27-1-1, 12 KO’s) will be fighting for the vacant WBC Silver middleweight title this Saturday night against Max Bursak (29-2-1, 12 KO’s) at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Murray believes that he could be fighting for the WBC title later this year possibly in a fight against Miguel Cotto. Whether that happens remains to be seen. If not, then Murray says he wants to face the best guys in the middleweight division.
“I think I’m the best fighter in the middleweight division,” Murray said to Bokserorg. “I just need a chance to prove it. I need to get me hands on that world title, which I will do, then keep going. And hopefully be involved I some big fights against the other world champions and unify the division.”
It would be a huge surprise if Murray gets a title shot against Cotto this year, because it’s not a profitable fight for Cotto. That’s no disrespect to Murray, because he’s a good fighter. But the reality is that Cotto, 33, doesn’t have long to go with his career and he doesn’t want to waste the little time that he has fighting guys that no one has ever heard of in the U.S. Cotto does want to hold onto the WBC belt in order to get a couple of good fights, but he’s looking good fights, not ones involving no-name fighters.
Murray needs to prove himself tomorrow night against Bursak, because he’s already failed twice when he’s stepped it up to the top level in fights against Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm. Martinez beat him, and Sturm fought him to a draw. Murray believes he should have won both of those fights, and that belief has him thinking he can beat the likes of Cotto. I’m not sure that he can, but Murray definitely believes he’s got the skills to do it.
It would be interesting if Murray were to face Gennady Golovkin for his WBA title, because Murray could find out if he has the skills, Chin and defense to stand up to Golovkin’s big power shots. I’m not sure that Murray could hang with Golovkin.