Martin Murray holds no fear for middleweight king Sergio Martinez according to his manager Neil Marsh when the St. Helens banger faces off against the 160 pound king next month in front of Martinez’ adoring Argentine fans.
Murray will have to step out in front of almost 50,000 adoring Martinez fans something he has done only once before when he faced off against Felix Sturm in Germany for Sturm’s WBA middleweight belt. The fight ended in a very controversial draw, with many ringside pundits believing Murray won the fight, but lost a hometown decision.
But Murray’s manager, Neil Marsh says it’ll be little more than business as usual for his man.
“Martin is a model professional so he’s treating this fight the same as any other,” Marsh said.
“Martin knows he’s one of the best middleweights in the world and he’ll make sure he prepares correctly so to him it’s just about going there and doing his job.
“As a manager I’m lucky to have Martin because he’s never refused a fight and he’s ready for anyone anywhere. Is he daunted? No way whatsoever.”
Despite Murray’s camp feeling confident, not many people expect him to beat the talented and brash Champion. Martinez is something of a stylist and a showman, and fighting in front of his own fans for the first time since he claimed the middleweight crown will add to the showmanship of the man himself which may mean a devastating end for Murray.
Despite his many qualities, Murray has never really mixed it at the level that Martinez has for a long period of time. It would be no shame in losing to Martinez, as Ireland’s very own Matthew Macklin lost to Martinez back in 2012 by 11th round retirement after Martinez wore Macklin down.
Even though it is the biggest fight of his career to date, fighting the best in the division, Marsh insists that Murray will remain grounded.
He said: “Martin’s not doing this for a champagne lifestyle, he’s doing this for the good of his family.
“Winning will get him a pound-for-pound status but it won’t change him. He might be able to buy a new house, he might upgrade his car but as for stardom, he’ll stay well away from it.
“When he won Prizefighter that could have gone to his head, same when he won the British title and again when he won the WBA interim. He just keeps his head down and keeps a professional attitude.”