Harry Pratt

Murray calls out Sturm for rematch

Undefeated British middleweight Martin Murray has delivered an open message to long-standing WBC titleholder Felix Sturm in a bid to land another shot at the German after their first meeting four weeks ago ended in a controversial draw.

Sturm’s next defense is scheduled for April 13 on home soil against an as yet unnamed opponent. Murray (23-0-1,10 knockouts), from St Helens, Merseyside, clearly believes he should be the one facing Sturm that night but reveals that to date there has been no contact between respective camps.

In a passionate call out, Murray’s statement, released Friday through Hatton Promotions, read:

After recently hearing that Felix has announced the date of his next fight (April 13th) in Germany, I would like to make it known that I have still not heard anything of a rematch.

“I don’t know whether their team have discussed opponents but I am here Felix – ready and waiting.

Felix has been a great champion, but both me and him know that night in Mannheim he did not beat me. Felix cannot beat me. He knows I am the better fighter, so I am not expecting him to offer me a rematch.

You offered Randy Griffin one and the same to Mathew Macklin, so you have proved that you try and correct close fights (or losses). But I don’t think that the Sturm team are confident that you can win this one and, as a result, they and you will avoid me.

Please be fair to yourself, to me and the German people who have supported you to get this fight on! My manager and promoter built a good relationship with your team in the build-up and negotiations went well for the previous fight so this should be a straight forward agreement.

I won’t ask for silly money, just give me a fair price. I will even come to your own city of Cologne and bring double the fans I did last time, and anyone watching the last fight, we’ll have seen the spectacle on offer.

Imagine nearly 1000 English fans crammed in there, it will be an event remembered for years – so come on, Felix, I am here, ready and waiting! Let’s get it on.

To the German people ,who gave tremendous support after the last fight, I thank you, it meant a lot to me and if we sort this rematch out I will give you all a fight to remember.”

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