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19 NOVEMBER 2018

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Martin Murray Has Big Incentive To Defeat Roberto Garcia


Martin Murray can start dreaming of a rematch against Gennady Golovkin if he can defeat Roberto Garcia for the Mexican’s WBC silver middleweight title at the 02 in London on June 23.

 

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If Murray wins and makes one successful defence he will become mandatory contender for Golovkin’s WBC world title. The British warrior was beaten in 11 rounds by GGG in February 2015, but the chance of a rematch is consolation for WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders pulling out twice through injury.

 

Golovkin would mean a big money fight, but he cannot overlook Garcia who has stepped into replace Saunders.

 

Murray, 35, said: “I was devastated when Billy pulled out because I took myself away from the family for two sets of training camps which are invaluable and it is time you can never get back. “I was obviously gutted, but I will take my frustrations out on Garcia. He is gonna get it.

 

“I hear that if I win this and make one defence I become mandatory contender. I don’t know the crack there. All I do know is that beating him puts me in a great position.

 

“I am hoping that is the case because I have never been a mandatory challenger. I have always been a voluntary defence for my world title fights.

 

“I’m a seasoned campaigner and been in with all types of fighters. Garcia is more suited to me than Billy Joe Saunders.

 

“I won’t have to go looking for him like I would Billy. He is going to be in my face, he is a tough fighter, on a winning run and confident.”

 

Murray who has won 36 of his 41 fights first saw Saunders pull out of an April date and then next week’s scheduled showdown fell apart. There was friendship between Murray and Saunders, but the ill-feeling is now real and if they could finally meet there is needle.

 

Murray added: “If the Billy Joe fight it ever happened would sell because there is real animosity because of that he did twice and he isn’t a man of his word.” Garcia will be accompanied by his legendary promoter Don King when he arrives in Britain early next week.




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