Unbeaten Hatton Promotions middleweight star Martin Murray will make the first defence of his Commonwealth on June 18 at Wigan’s Robin Park Arena. His challenger will be named next week.
The St Helens ace, aged 28, already holds the WBA inter-continental crown and is ranked fifth in the organisation’s world rankings.
Murray, who has won all 22 professional fights gave one of his best performances at Manchester’s MEN Arena last month knocking out John Carvalho in four rounds.
Hatton Promotions President Ricky Hatton said: “There is no doubt that Martin’s world title chance will come with the WBA.
“I believe we will deliver that opportunity next year provided Martin keeps his side of the bargain and keeps winning.
“The middleweight division is competitive and in Britain alone Darren Barker and Matthew Macklin are proving themselves at the highest level.
“I honestly believe that Martin is the best 160lb fighter in Britain right now and will prove that when he gets the chance.
“Macklin and Barker are great fighters and great lads, but I would match Martin against them tomorrow.”
Hatton Promotions Director of Boxing Richard Poxon is currently looking at the list of official Commonwealth contenders, but Hatton promised: “Martin will have a proper test.”
He won the title last July, outpointing Australian Peter Mitrevski Jr.
The bill will be televised live on Sky Sports and among the galaxy of Hatton Promotions prospects on the undercard including Olympic star Joe Murray.
Tickets for this big night of title action are available £35, £55 (Ringside) and £75 VIP Ringside, www.brandhatton.com /0844 847 2500/0161 775 7500
May 4, 2011