Sergio Martinez secured the WBC middleweight title with his Sept. 15 victory against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., outclassing the Mexican during their encounter.
Martinez (50-2-2, 28 KOs) was hoping to follow up his unanimous decision victory against Chavez Jr. with another bout against a high-profile opponent, but it appears he’ll have to settle for Martin Murray (25-0-1, 11 KOs) instead.
The two will meet on April 27, at either the Monumental de River or Estadio Único de La Plata stadium in Argentina, and the WBC middleweight title will be up for grabs.
Murray obviously doesn’t have the name recognition like some of the other fighters Sergio Martinez was hoping to fight (Floyd Mayweather, Saul Alvarez, and Andre Ward), but he has put together a solid resume over the years.
“Martin Murray is a very tough opponent,” Martinez’ advisor, Sampson Lewkowicz, said about the matchup. “Nobody has ever beaten him. He is not scared to fight Martinez in Argentina. He went to Germany to fight Felix Sturm to a draw, but everybody thought Murray won the fight. He is not an easy opponent, but Martinez did not want an easy opponent for his first defense in Argentina.”
Murray is coming off an impressive sixth round TKO victory against then undefeated Jorge Navarro, and the 30 year-old has stopped four of his last six opponents. He isn’t as experienced or technically savvy as Martinez is, so he’ll probably have his hands full when the two square up in April.
If Martinez successfully defends his belt against Murray, the Argentine plans to go after a rematch against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.
“If Martinez comes out victorious, we’ll fight Chavez on Sept. 14,” Lewkowicz added. “But we never look too far ahead. Martinez will always remain focused and give the proper respect to his challenger or the guy he is fighting. So we won’t talk about Chavez, we’ll only talk about Martin Murray.”