Martin Murray has reported a perfect training camp ahead of his world middleweight title clash with undisputed champ Sergio Martinez in front of 40.000 hostile fans at the Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Saturday night.
At the final press conference on Wednesday Murray was is a confident but respectful mood: “It is an absolute pleasure to be here in Argentina. The people here have treated us with nothing but respect and we are very happy to be here in this country. Sergio is a great fighter, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for him. All that being said though, I didn’t come here to lose. I have had a great training camp and I feel that this is my time. Whatever Sergio brings on Saturday night I will be ready for it.”
If Murray appeared highly confident his promoter and former two weight world champion Ricky Hatton’s confidence is sky high.
“We are very much looking forward to this fight on Saturday night,” said Hatton. “Obviously there are so many versions of world title’s these days, but this one is for the real middleweight championship. I can’t speak anymore highly of Sergio, he has paid his dues and deserves to be held in the absolute highest recognition. Like any great fighter though, everyone’s reign comes to an end at some time and I truly believe Sergio’s will come to an end Saturday night.
“I have seen a change in Martin this week, he is nasty right now. He knows the task at hand, and he is drilling with confidence. He has never looked as good as he has in the gym for this fight. I have seen a total change in his demeanor this week and Saturday cannot come quick enough for us. We are grateful to be sharing the ring with such a great champion on Saturday night, but we know that we are going to come out on top.”
April 25, 2013