- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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British super middleweight Martin Murray faces Colombian Jose Miguel Torres on Saturday at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England with a clear goal of what he wants should he defeat Torres (31-6, 27 KOs), as he is heavily favored to do.
Murray (31-2-1, 14 KOs), a three-time middleweight title challenger, is fighting at super middleweight for the third time and hoping a victory can pave the way to a world title shot against Germany’s Arthur Abraham.
“I really want the Arthur Abraham fight,” Murray said. “[Matchroom Boxing promoter] Eddie Hearn was with [Kalle and Nisse Sauerland, the brothers who promote Abraham,] last week, so hopefully it gets made. I doubt he would give me a voluntary defense as I’m too dangerous. So I would have to go down the route of becoming mandatory challenger in one of the governing bodies.”
At this point, however, Murray would be content with a shot at any of the belt holders, be it fellow Brit James DeGale, the Badou Jack-George Groves winner or the winner between Fedor Chudinov and Frank Buglioni. Recognized world champion Andre Ward is unlikely to fight at 168 pounds again.
“I’m not picky over which of these guys I fight. I want them all,” Murray said. “Jose Torres is tough, and I’m too experienced to overlook him. I need to go in there and do the business.
“The way I feel in the gym at the minute at the new weight is unbelievable. I’ve had a week off since the beginning of May, and the strength conditioning I’ve been doing has been superb. Big things are on the horizon for me.”