Martin Murray (36-4-1, 17 KOs) is hoping that a potential victory over Roberto Garcia on Saturday this weekend will get earn him another title shot, his fifth.
Murray was originally scheduled to fight Billy Joe Saunders for the WBO belt, but Saunders pulled out for the 2nd time in early June, and now Muray will take on Garcia in a fringe WBC Silver middleweight title bout.
Murray has come up short during his prior 4 shots at the world title, but is determined to get another crack at it.
“There’s no one who has ever fought for the world middleweight title five times from England, and that’s what is spurring me on,” Murray said, according to ESPN.
“The only reason I will get another shot is if I have looked good in my previous fights.
“I’m a world-class fighter, and I know there’s another world title fight in me. I’m still there, and I’m a survivor.
“If I can’t beat this next opponent, it would have to be the end because I should be beating guys like him. It’s the last chance — if I can’t beat him, I’m finished.”
With Gennady Golovkin being stripped of his IBF belt last week, it creates a potential opportunity for Murray to get his shot.
“I’m hearing that if I win this and make one defence, I become mandatory contender for the WBC world title,” Murray said.
“We’ll have to see, but I see it opening up with the IBF now, and hopefully this fight can be some sort of an eliminator. I feel like I’m going to be looked after for once after all I’ve been through.
“When Golovkin beats Canelo [Alvarez], I don’t think he will be bothered about fighting Saunders for the WBO now because he’s been stripped of the IBF belt, so there won’t be four titles on the line. I don’t know what he will do, move up a weight division or even retire. It could open up.
“I can’t thank promoter Frank [Warren] enough for getting the replacement opponent. I didn’t think I was going to get a fight, but this is such a meaningful fight that puts me in a great position with the WBC if I win.”
Murray isn’t looking past Garcia though, and understand that the 38-year old has a contrasting style to deal with.
“He has been calling me out, which shows he’s ready for it, and if I win, this it puts me back in the mix,” Murray said.
“He’s game and he’s raw and he comes to win, so I’m expecting a tough fight. He’s the complete opposite of what I was preparing for. Saunders is a runaway southpaw, where as he’s an orthodox, in-your-face fighter.”