By Mike Torney: Middleweight contender Martin Murray (26-1-1, 11 KO’s) will be fighting for a world title in February against one of the 160 lb. champions after beating Sergey Khomitsky (28-10-2, 11 KO’s) on Saturday night by an 8 round points decision at the ExCel Arena, in London, United Kingdom. Murray looked out of sorts tonight in having major problems in beating the 39-year-old Khomitsky by the referee’s score of 77-75.
In fairness to Khomitsky, this fight looked to be a draw, as Murray didn’t do nearly enough to get the win. Murray was getting hit all night by the quicker Khomitsky, and basically being beaten to the punch. In the 8th round, it was Khomitsky who was taking the fight to Murray and punishing him with quick right hands to the head and left hooks.
Murray’s promoter Ricky Hatton said after the fight “There’ll be a big announcement next week. We’ve secured Martin a great oppportunity and I think he’s going to be the third time lucky. Next year is going to be his year.”
We’re probably talking Murray fighting a rematch against IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm, who Murray fought a 12 round draw against back in 2011 in Germany. Sturm fought well enough to get the decision, but the judges scored the fight a draw.