Martin Murray’s reputation has definitely been enhanced, despite a points defeat to WBC Champion, Sergio Martinez.
Harris & Ross were in the Team Murray corner, making sure the British middleweight was in the best possible shape for the bout in Buenos Aires and it really did look as though the underdog was going to come out victorious. You can check out our Facebook page for a full gallery of pictures from behind the scenes as Rob Harris and team got Murray ready for the fight.
Murray twice knocked down Martinez, in the 8th and 10th – although the referee ruled that the second knock-down was actually a slip.
It was the St Helens boxer’s first defeat in 27 fights, but in front of 40,000 sell-out crowd, he gave the Argentine a lot to think about. The champion was left with a bloody eye after some hard work in rounds 5 and 6 and then a solid right in round 8 sent Martinez stumbling to the canvas.
Martinez finished strong for a hard-earned victory, but many will look back to the controversial call in round 10, when the referee called a slip for Martinez, rather than a knock-down.
“I had it close than the judges, but still thought Martinez won, 2nd knockdown was a bad call though,” said Lennox Lewis.
Who also told Murray via Twitter:
“Great fight. Solid plan executed well. Nothing to hold your head down for. You proved you’re top class against a great.”
Meanwhile another St Helens’ great added:
“Two knock downs and Murray still loses on points. Worst joke ever. ROBBED,” Johnny Vegas.
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