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MARTIN MURRAY says he will show Eng­land’s foot­ballers how to bash the Ger­mans.

The St He­lens man (right) chal­lenges for Kraut Felix Sturm’s WBA mid­dleweight crown in Mannheim on De­cem­ber 2.

And, while Eng­land’s flops are still lick­ing their wounds from the thrash­ing by Ger­many at last year’s World Cup, Murray’s con­fi­dence is soar­ing.

The un­beaten Bri­tish and Com­mon­wealth cham­pion said: “I’m buzzing and I have so much mo­ti­va­tion to go there and beat Sturm.

“I’ve started an 11week train­ing camp at Oliver Har­ri­son’s gym. Come fight night I’ll be in the shape of my life. I’ve been ready for this for about nine months, but I seemed to slip un­der the radar be­cause ev­ery­one talks about Matthew Mack­lin and Dar­ren Barker as the main mid­dleweights in Bri­tain.”

Sturm was a con­tro­ver­sial points win­ner over Mack­lin in June, but Murray in­sists he has ev­ery con­fi­dence in the of­fi­cials.

He added: “I did watch Sturm’s de­fence against Mack­lin and made it a draw.

“When it’s that close the cham­pion on home soil usu­ally gets the de­ci­sion so there’s no real com­plaints.”

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