Martin Murray says he is growing frustrated with the politics of boxing but insists he has no plans to quit as he chases an elusive world title.
The 34-year-old St Helens super-middleweight has lost four world title fights but maintains he has the ability to reach the top and will be out to prove the point when he takes on Russia’s Dmitrii Chudinov in Monte Carlo on Saturday night.
Chudinov has replaced Arthur Abraham, who defeated Murray on a split decision when they fought for the WBO super-middleweight title in Hannover a year ago, after the German pulled out with an elbow injury.
Murray suspects Abraham’s decision was tactical due to concerns about the judging of the fight and claims his career has been left in limbo as a result.
He told Sportsclubsociety News HQ: “When he decided that he didn’t want to fight me, obviously that proves to me that he is a bit wary that he is going to get the nod in a foreign country.
“So I think it’s definitely due to him not wanting to fight me and he has just picked an easier option.
“It’s got to me a little bit because I’m fed up of it happening now so it’s kind of left me not so much in no-man’s land, but I really don’t understand or know where I am going to go from here.”
Former European super-welterweight champion Jamie Moore will be in Murray’s corner alongside trainer Oliver Harrison for the fight as Murray bids to return to winning ways after losing to George Groves in June.
“I know that I have got so much more to give. I am far from done yet,” added Murray.
“Me and Oliver, we have still never had it right. We have been so close but we still haven’t had it right, and I know that when we do that world title is definitely there.
“But the main thing for me is my family and doing it for my family. There are still big fights out there for me.”
Watch Luis Ortiz, Jamie McDonnell, Stephen Smith and Martin Murray in Monte Carlo this Saturday, starting at 7pm on Sportsclubsociety 2.