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Hatton backing Murray over Martinez

26 Mar 2013

RICKY HATTON is backing Martin Murray to overcome Sergio Martinez and cause one of boxing's greatest ever upsets.

The St Helens man challenges for the Argentine superhero's WBC middleweight title in Buenos Aires on April 27 in a battle being screened live on BoxNation.

Just a few of the 50,000 tickets for the showdown at the football stadium home of Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield remain.

Hatton And Murray

Hatton (L) and Murray (centre) at the pre-fight press conference

Murray, who became a dad for the third time on Sunday when wife Gemma gave birth to daughter Aisla, will be supported by a barmy army of around 50-100 fans leaving him feeling pretty lonely.

But unbeaten Murray's promoter Hatton said: "This is a massive step up for Martin but I think he could be getting Martinez at the right time.

"Martinez was rocked all over the place in his last fight against Chavez Jr. and he's 38-years-old.

"Martin has really come into his own the past couple of years and, to be honest, I think if he can pull this off it will go down as one of the best wins by a British fighter in history.

"When I beat Kostya Tsyzu he was ranked number two pound-for-pound in the world and I think most people have Martinez at number three.

"The difference is though that Martin's going away from home for this fight, so if he wins, I think it'll be bigger than my fight with Tsyzu."

Martinez And Murray

Martinez (left) now spends most of his time in Spain, and his clash against Murray will be his first back home since outpointing Francisco Antonio Mora in February 2002.

Murray has 26 wins with the only blemish a draw in a WBA title challenge against Felix Sturm, will leave for Argentina in two weeks.

He added: "Sergio Martinez is easily the best middleweight in the world so obviously I'll need to raise my game to beat him, but myself and my team know that's something we're very capable of doing.

"Winning this will make me the number one middleweight in the world and set up some more huge opportunities.

"There's stardom to be had, but I don't box for that. I'm doing this to prove I'm the best middleweight in the world and for the future of my wife and kids."


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