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Five-time world title challenger Martin Murray announces retirement

Published On Wednesday, January 6, 2021By British Boxing News
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Martin Murray closes the curtain on boxing career

Martin Murray has announced his retirement from boxing – bringing to an end his incredible career.

Murray (39-6-1, 17 KOs) challenged for world honours on five occasions, with many believing he should have had his hand raised in his world title fights with Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm.

He shared the ring with the likes of Gennady Golovkin, Billy Joe Saunders, Arthur Abraham and more during his career, and won a number of titles such as the British, Commonwealth and interim WBA middleweight title.

His decision was prompted by his latest failed world title challenge to Billy Joe Saunders in December 2020, losing via unanimous decision.

Speaking on his decision to retire, Murray said: “Now the dust has settled after my fight I’d just like to say a few things. I’d like to start by saying well done to Billy Joe Saunders and his team. He’s a world class talent and the better boxer won on the night – and I sincerely wish him all the best in future.

“I want to say a big thanks to my wife Gemma, our three children and our family and friends for their love and support. To Jamie Moore, Nigel Travis, MTK Global and Andrew Mikhail for all of their hard work – and to the legendary Oliver Harrison for everything he did for me over the years.

“After having a talk with Gem, my family and close friends I’ve decided to hang my gloves up and call it a day. It wasn’t the fairytale ending that I’d dreamed of but I’d like to think that I retire with a bit of respect and my health, which is the most important thing.

“When I turned professional I wanted to hang them up without any regrets and taking all opportunities that were put my way and I did just that. I went around the world and fought the best – and pushed them all the way too so I’m happy and proud of what I achieved.

“I also wanted to be able to say that all the hard work and sacrifices have been worth it and they have. I’m now looking forward to the next chapter of my life and spending it with my beautiful wife Gemma, our three beautiful children Archie, Amelia and Aisla – and our amazing family and friends.

“Over the years I’ve met some amazing people and our friendships have gone beyond boxing so I finish my career in a far better position then when I started it. I’m happy that my career is over now but definitely going to stay in the game in some way and will look into maybe starting my own stable of fighters in the future.

“Before I finish off I’d just like to say that boxing has took me to places and given me experiences that I could of only dreamed of. I hope that I’m an example of what you can achieve with hard work and proof that you can always turn your life around if you truly want to.

“Lastly, to everyone who has ever helped or supported me throughout my career and to the sport of boxing. It’s been some journey.”