Macklin: “We Met All of Sturm’s Demands, Yet He Still Won’t Move Forward”

New York, NY – Top-rated middleweight contender Matthew Macklin is getting a bit tired and frustrated, to say the least, on waiting to hear what direction IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm is heading for his next bout. Macklin and Sturm’s well documented and publicized history dates back to their first bout, which took place in Sturm’s home country of Germany in 2011. The bout was Macklin’s first world title opportunity and the Irishman made the most of it. Macklin took the fight right to the hometown hero Sturm, who was defending his title for the 10 th consecutive time. It was a grueling battle, with Macklin seemingly having the clear advantage after the 12-round championship bout. CompuBox had Macklin averaging 92 punches thrown per round, doubling Sturm’s output. Macklin also landed 127 more punches and outlanded Sturm in 11 of the 12 rounds. Unfortunately though, two of the three judges didn’t see the fight that way, awarding Sturm a split decision and leaving Macklin longing for another shot at the champ.

After Sturm stopped Darren Barker last year to reclaim a piece of the middleweight crown, Macklin and Sturm immediately began trading verbal jabs on Twitter and the long awaited and highly anticipated rematch seemed to be a sure thing. Macklin spoke to promoter Lou DiBella and advisor Anthony Catanzaro and instructed them to make the fight at any and all costs. Macklin began training, anticipating the fight would happen sometime in the near future. Unfortunately though, he continues to wait on the German titlist.

“We met all of his demands, yet he still won’t move forward with the fight,” stated an agitated Macklin. “We agreed to fight him in his backyard for not much money at all. In fact, the purse was less than what I received against Lamar Russ. The money isn’t what matters though. I just want the opportunity to show the world who the better fighter is. I know that I beat him in our first fight and I know that I will beat him again. I believed Sturm to be a great champion and a great warrior, and with everything that was said after our first fight, we felt that he would want this challenge. We are absolutely shocked that he continues to delay and not just come out and accept the fight. We accepted all of his terms, so what is his excuse? We realize that he has made an offer to fight Murray, but I want to publicly come out and say that if Murray doesn’t accept the offer thenwe are ready, willing and able to make this fight happen right now! I know that I won the first fight, but I will assure him that if he gives me the opportunity for this second bout, which I know that I will win again, I will promise to give him an immediate rematch. The ball is in your court Felix. Be the great champion that you say you are and give me, and the fans, the fight they want to see.”

Martin Murray Eyes Two Title Shot Opportunities

MARTIN MURRAY will get a third shot at a world middleweight title in the next few months, he just has to decide which option is best for him.

Hatton Promotions currently has two offers on the table, with one offering the St Helens puncher a career best payday.

Both of the options have been secured outside of the United States due to Murray’s past problems in obtaining a visa.

Martin was due to make his American debut in a world title fight with Julio Cesar Chaevz Jr in 2012, but was unable to enter the country.

The bout was later rescheduled for take place in Chavez’s home country of Mexico, but it seemed it was not the right time for Martin.

Murray, 31, drew with Felix Sturm when challenging for the WBA ‘Super’ world title in December 2011 and one of the offers is a rematch with the German, who recently won the IBF crown with a second round stoppage of Barnet’s Darren Barker.

The other available fight would see him pitted against reigning Kazakhstan’s hard-hitting WBA titlist Gennady Golovkin in Monte Carlo for the largest purse he’s ever received in his seven year professional career.

Murray and Golovkin have been on each other’s radars for some time and were due to box on the same show earlier this month, but Martin unfortunately had to withdraw due to an injury sustained in training.

Time is now running out for Murray to make a decision.

Martin Murray: “Darren Barker and I Both Want the Fight”

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MARTIN MURRAY believes a clash between him and Darren Barker would be one for the ages.

Barker won the IBF middleweight title at the weekend with a bruising 12 round decision over Daniel Geale.

And in the days since, the Barnet man has mentioned Murray as a potential opponent for first defence.

Murray has already proven his mettle at world level in two overseas title attempts and, if made, the fight would easily be the biggest all-British clash in the 160lbs division since the era of Eubank, Benn and Watson.

“We’re both world class fighters. He’s a world champion and I should have become one, arguably against [Felix] Sturm and definitely against [Sergio] Martinez, so we’ve got the chance to get a good middleweight era going again,” Murray, 25-1 (11 KOs), said.

“Me and Barker have both said we want to get involved in big British world title fights and him beating Geale makes that possible.

“We’ve got a chance here for us to put on one the biggest fights out there. It’d be a massive event and my Twitter has gone crazy with people asking about it since his win.

“It’s up to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport whether it can happen, but I can’t see any reason why it shouldn’t.”

A time when calling fighters out talking trash appears to becoming the norm, Murray says he has nothing but respect for Barker and would have been happy to see him win a world title even if he wasn’t a potential future opponent.

“I watched him as a fan on the weekend and regardless of whether I get shot or not, I’m made up for him,” Murray said.

“He fought his heart out against Geale and he achieved his goal and I couldn’t be more pleased.

“We’ve spoke a few times over Twitter and also when we were on Ringside and we get on well. I also know we both want the fight.

“I don’t know what the situation is with his mandatory, but his trainer Tony Simms has also talked about fighting me so they must be thinking about it.”

Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Hatton Promotions

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