“I’m buzzing that the fight is just a few weeks away. I’m getting more confident the closer it gets and I can’t wait to go over there and shock the world,” said Murray, 30, who last vacated the squared circle in November with a sixth round TKO victory over Venezuelan Jorge Navarro. “Regardless of his age, I know I’ve got the style to beat him. Martinez is a great fighter. But, I’m better and I’ll prove this when we fight.”
Meanwhile, Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs), a menacing southpaw who has long been actively involved in domestic violence and anti-bullying causes, most recently fought on September 15 when he defeated Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. by a unanimous decision to capture the WBC belt at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Martinez, the 2010 “Fighter of the Year” who is currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the fourth preeminent pound-for-pound pugilist in the world, sustained a partially torn meniscus in his right knee and a broken left hand while utterly outclassing the 27-year-old Chavez (46-1-1-1, 32 KOs) for 11 rounds.
Despite graying and turning 38, absolutely nothing indicates that Martinez is diminishing as a prizefighter.
Provided the native Argentinean, who has also dabbled professionally as a cyclist and soccer player and only began throwing fists at the late age of 20, is entirely healed, Martinez will overcome the dangerous Murray (25-0-1, 11 KOs) within nine violent rounds.
“(Sergio) Martinez is a great fighter” and he’ll again “prove this when” battering the mouthy bloke in The South American Paris next month.