Brave Murray knocks Martinez down but suffers first career loss
on a decision
Martin Murray (left) put in a lionhearted display in a hostile
Buenos Aires atmosphere but, despite knocking Sergio Martinez down
in the eighth, couldn't do enough to win the fight. It was always
going to be a tough ask for the St. Helens fighter to sway the
judging panel so far away from home, but he magnanimously followed
the fight by admitting that he hadn't won the fight.
There was a contentious moment in the tenth round when the
rarely used video replay was called into play. Murray's staunchest
fans will believe he scored a second and potentially
result-changing knockdown, but the video evidence later showed the
home fighter had slipped on rain that had made its way on to the
For Martinez, it was a glorious first fight in Argentina in over
10 years. He received a true hero's welcome from the 45,000 fans in
a packed out Club Velez Sarsfield Stadium in the country's capital
city as he took the unanimous decision. And although "Maravilla"
Martinez was knocked down for a third fight in a row and at times
seemed more interested in showboating than winning the fight, the
38-year-old did just about enough to swing it on all three cards.
All three scorecards read 115-112 as Murray was on the end of his
first career defeat.
Interim champ Martin Murray set for full WBC title fight
against Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez
Martinez and Murray (R) are set to rekindle the
The 50,000-capacity Estadio Jose Amalfitani, home of Buenos
Aires football club Velez Sarsfield, will play host to this
blockbuster WBC World title fight. Britain's Martin Murray will be
heading into the eye of the storm as he travels 7,000 miles from
his St. Helens home, where he'll be greeted by a truly hostile
The 50 - 2 - 2 Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez is nothing short of a
national hero in Argentina. Rated by most sources as the World's
fourth best pound-for-pound fighter, the southpaw is known for his
eye-catching style and low hands, inviting opponents on where he
can then counter attack.
A charismatic and stylish fighter, the 37-year-old has faced
some of the middleweight division's very best in a career spanning
almost 16 years.
He first lost in 2000 against an up and coming Antonio Margarito,
while his second reversal came in a 2009 non-title fight against
American Paul Williams; a loss he swiftly avenged with a KO in a
rematch 11 months later.
Murray faces the biggest fight of his career
The challenge awaiting the undefeated Martin Murray cannot be
understated, and this is without question the biggest fight of the
Murray stormed to a win over Navarro last
In his last outing, the Merseysider hammered Jorge Navarro into
sixth-round submission to win the Interim WBA World title. Despite
that highly impressive showing, the former British,
Intercontinental and Commonwealth belt-holder has never won outside
the UK, drawing his one fight abroad; a challenge for the full WBA
Super World title against Felix Sturm on his home patch. Many
observers felt that Murray had done enough to win the bout, and
that he had been on the receiving end of a hometown decision in