British super middleweight contender Martin Murray has vowed to never again fight on foreign soil in the wake of his bitterly disappointing points loss to WBO champion Arthur Abraham in Germany at the weekend. It was the fourth time the likeable Englishman has failed in an overseas title bid – an unenviable record that includes a controversial draw with Felix Sturm and a hotly disputed decision at the hands of Sergio Martinez, both of which occurred down at middleweight.
Murray (32(15)-3-1) arrived back in the UK yesterday, but is still clearly upset with the controversial decision which saw one judge award the him the fight via a 115-112 scorecard, however, two other wide tallies of 116-111 and 115-112 sealed the defeat for the Matchroom promoted fighter. Many surmised post-fight that Murray would now hang up the gloves after another mentally damaging loss, however, on the contrary, the Brit is not looking to retire, but will instead focus the rest of his career at 168 lbs within these shores.
“I thought I had it and if it had been anywhere but Germany I would have got it,” Murray stated. “What can you do? It’s what you are up against over here and I knew that beforehand and took the gamble. This was the hardest of the lot of them to take because I thought I had done it and this was my time. I just can’t box away ever again. I started on the road and thought I was going to finish on the road. But this has made me think that if another shot comes up I just won’t take it away from England. I don’t want to retire. I feel like I’m just getting to my peak. I just need a bit of luck and a world title shot at home,” Murray told SKY Sports.
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