Martin Murray says he is going to keep his feet firmly on the ground even if he defeats Sergio Martinez and win the WBC middleweight crown at home stadium of Velez Sarsfield in Argentina on April 27.
The St Helens man faces Martinez, who is widely regarded as one of the top three pound for pound fighters on the planet, so a victory could catapult him towards superstar status.
However, he has no real interest in glitz and glamour and just wants to secure the financial future of his family.
“There’s stardom to be had, but for me it’s all about providing for my wife and kids,” Murray said. “Boxing’s my job so it’s not just about looking good, it’s about winning things so I can make sure my family has the best life I can provide for them.
“Winning this will make me the number one middleweight in the world and set up some more big opportunities.
“If I go on and beat Martinez I’ll be in some massive fights which will secure our future and my legacy.”
Martinez is so popular in Argentina that last year he was voted as the country’s best sportsman ahead of footballing wizard Lionel Messi and around 50,000 fans are expected to turn out for the fight with Murray.
The British boxer knows he’s going to be up against it in front of a partisan crowd, but he believes he has the tools to score an upset which would rival Lloyd Honeyghan’s surprise 1986 victory over Donald Curry.
“With me being so much of an underdog it’ll be a shock to a lot of people if I win, but it won’t be a shock to me,” said Murray.
“This is a fight I feel I can win and we’ll be working on a plan in the next few weeks to work out how to beat Martinez.”
January 31, 2013