Martin Murray is eagerly awaiting the chance to enter the WBC world middleweight title reckoning after securing a fight with ‘Silver’ champion Roberto Garcia on June 23.
Murray (36-4-1-KO17) had been due to challenge Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO crown only for the champion to suffer injury, leaving Mexico’s Garcia – undefeated since 2010 – to step up.
The St Helens challenger said: “This is a great replacement. Roberto Garcia is the champion and he’s willing to travel to the UK so we know he’s well up for it.
“He’s been calling me out on social media for a while and I’m delighted we’ve been able to make the fight this quickly. It means several months of hard training won’t go to waste.
“A good win against Garcia will put me in a strong position with the WBC so there’s everything to fight for. It’s been a frustrating period of my career and I’ll be taking my anger out on Garcia before moving on to even bigger fights.”
For his part, Garcia (41-3-KO24) is relishing the opportunity to fight on British soil for the first time and will have his world-famous promoter Don King in tow.
Garcia said: “I’m not afraid of Murray. I’ll willing to risk my title and come to London to beat Murray in front of his own fans. My promoter Don King will be there to watch me win in style.”
Also in action for MTK Global on the night will be Hackney super-lightweight Ohara Davies (17-1-KO13).