60-SEC­OND IN­TER­VIEW

Ja­cob Watts talks to a man who never shirks a chal­lenge

Boxing News - - Contents - Martin Mur­ray

‘GEN­NADY GOLOVKIN WAS GOOD AT EV­ERY­THING. HE WAS FIT, COULD GIVE A PUNCH AND TAKE A PUNCH’

When and why you started box­ing:

I al­ways had a pair of box­ing gloves on when I was a kid. I started be­cause of my old trainer, John Chis­nall. He took me to the gym when I was seven.

Favourite all-time fighter:

Julio Cesar Chavez, but Nigel Benn was a hero of mine grow­ing up too.

Best fight you’ve seen:

Benn ver­sus Ger­ald Mcclel­lan, and also Jamie Moore against Matthew Mack­lin. Un­be­liev­able fights.

Per­sonal ca­reer high­light:

Fight­ing Ser­gio Mar­tinez in Ar­gentina. The whole ex­pe­ri­ence was just some­thing else.

Tough­est op­po­nent:

Gen­nady Golovkin. His va­ri­ety of punches, com­ing from dif­fer­ent an­gles. He was good at ev­ery­thing. He was fit, could give a punch, take a punch, and he cut the ring off well.

Best and worst at­tributes as a boxer:

My best one is my work ethic, but it’s also my worst one as well, as some­times I train too much.

Train­ing tip:

Just work hard. Get in the gym and just graft your balls off. Take me for ex­am­ple, what I’ve lacked in tal­ent I’ve made up for in hard work.

Favourite meal/restau­rant:

I do like a nice steak and a glass of red wine ev­ery now and again.

Best friends in box­ing:

Oliver Har­ri­son, Jamie Moore, Rocky Field­ing and Alex Matvienko. I’m also good mates with Tony Bellew, Derry Mathews and David Price.

Other sports­man you would like to be:

Who’s the high­est-paid sports­man?! You know what, I’ll say the man of

Photo: LAWRENCE LUSTIG/MATCH­ROOM

Age: 34 Twit­ter: @Mart­in­mur­ray­box Nick­name: n/a Height: 6ft Na­tion­al­ity: English From: St Helens Stance: Or­tho­dox Record: 35-4-1 (16) Divi­sion: Mid­dleweight Ti­tles: Bri­tish, Com­mon­wealth, In­terim WBA &

Prize­fighter Next fight: Mur­ray is aim­ing to work his way to­wards a fifth world

ti­tle shot.

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