Martin Murray insists he’s ‘a survivor’ and is determined to postpone retirement as he hunts a fifth world title shot.
The St Helens middleweight (37-4-1-KO17) faces former world champion Hassan N’Dam on the Josh Warrington vs. Carl Frampton undercard at Manchester Arena on December 22 having won the WBC Silver title last time out.
With the goal of fulfilling his life-long goal of becoming world champion after agonising world title defeats to Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez and Arthur Abraham spurring him on, Murray is as enthusiastic as ever.
Murray told frankwarren.com: “I'm feeling great, you know, really good. I am one loss away from retirement, although I don't want to retire, I know it is one loss away. I am focusing, training hard and really enjoying the work at the minute.
"I keep getting the crossroads fight thing thrown at me by people. A really good mate of mine, a couple of months ago, said to me that after the defeat to George Groves that he never thought I would still be here."Everybody wrote me off after Groves, but I have just survived, scrapped and scraped - and I am still here.
"I am in a tough fight now, a meaningful fight and I am just focused on getting a win against a good live opponent."The stakes are high and I think people do want to see me retire more than I do because it gets thrown in my face all the time.
"I'm a survivor. I've just been surviving and surviving and it always seems to be one loss and I will be retired. I've had that, well, since the Groves fight and I've not lost since."
Murray is joined on a sensational bill – live on BT Sport Box Office – by MTK Global team-mates Frampton, Liam Williams, Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes, Steven Ward and Troy Williamson.
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