British world title hopeful Martin Murray will be back in action, televised in the UK on BoxNation, when he takes on Max Bursak on June 21st from Monte Carlo.
The 30-year-old ace, who is ranked amongst the best 160 pounders around, returns to the ‘Channel of Champions’ for the first time since his highly controversial loss to reigning WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.
The St Helens man travelled to the hostile and thunder hit Buenos Aires last year, when he fought in front of a crowd of 40,000 at the Estadio José Amalfitani, home to Argentine football club Velez Sarsfield.
Twice decking Martinez, with only one being ruled an official knockdown, Murray out hustled his Argentine foe before succumbing to the judges’ scorecards in which he lost a unanimous decision.
He bounced back following the contentious decision with wins over Sergey Khomitsky before overcoming Ishmael Tetteh in April, and has promised fireworks when he meets Bursak, who has a record of 29 wins in his 32 fights with only two defeats.
“Training is going brilliant, I’m feeling really well, I’m focused and I’m up for the fight. I can’t wait to get in the ring. It’s great to fight on BoxNation again and know that all the fans back home can tune in and watch me fight. I’m going to put on a great performance and make it a night not to be missed,” said Murray.
Murray was ringside when the Ukrainian last fought and knows he’ll need to be at his very best to not only win but look impressive, with a glittering performance putting him in line for the victor of Martinez’s and Miguel Cotto’s crunch clash this weekend.
“I watched Bursak in February when he fought in Monte Carlo against Jarrod Fletcher and I thought he was unlucky not to get the decision. He’s a tough fighter and you don’t have to go looking for him, he’s just there,” Murray said.
“He’s a real brawler and what he lacks in skill he makes up for in toughness and experience. We’ve both had nearly 10 weeks notice for this fight so I know he’ll be up for it and I’m expecting him to be in the best shape he’s ever been,” he said.