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Friday, November 29, 2013
Martin Murray bout rescheduled

By Dan Rafael

Interim middleweight titlist Martin Murray is once again scheduled to fight, this time on Dec. 14.

England’s Murray was initially scheduled to defend his belt in Australia against Garth Wood on Dec. 11, but the fight fell through. When that happened, Murray (25-1-1, 11 KOs) was added to the Carl Froch-George Groves undercard in Manchester, England, on Nov. 23 to face Ukraine’s Sergey Khomitsky (28-9-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round nontitle bout. But Murray got ill and withdrew from the bout.

Now that he’s better, Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn announced that Murray-Khomitsky has been rescheduled for the undercard of his Dec. 14 show at Excel Arena in London. That card is topped by British lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell (35-2, 25 KOs) against Italy’s Brunet Zamora (25-1-2, 11 KOs) and European welterweight champion Leonard Bundu (29-0-2, 10 KOs) of Italy in a defense against England’s Lee Purdy (20-4-1, 13 KOs).

Murray last fought in April, dropping middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez but losing a tight decision to him in Martinez’s Argentina homecoming fight.

Hearn also announced the rest of the slate for the Dec. 14 card, which includes British middleweight prospect Anthony Ogogo (3-0, 2 KOs), who claimed a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics at the Excel Arena.

Anthony Joshua (3-0, 3 KOs), the 2012 British super heavyweight Olympic gold medalist, is also on the card, as is former bantamweight titlist Jamie McDonnell (22-2-1, 10 KOs), who will be fighting for the second time in four weeks.