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British Middleweight Murray Returns After Chavez Letdown

Martin Murray will return to action on Hatton Promotions massive ‘Road To Glory’ bill at Manchester Velodrome on Saturday June 16.

The British, Commonwealth and WBA inter-continental middleweight champion will be in title action on the card, with his opponent to be named in the next two weeks.

Besides the vacant WBA interim Super-bantamweight title clash between Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe - it is a big night for Hatton Promotions with Murray in a big contest.

Murray had hoped to challenge WBC champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Texas on the same date, but visa issues prevented him from travelling to the US. Back in December, the unbeaten St Helens fighter travelled to Germany and held WBA Super champion Felix Sturm to a draw.

British and Commonwealth champion Murray, 29, is ranked at number three by the WBA and Hatton Promotions CEO Ricky Hatton believes a ‘Road To Glory’ win will land his man the mandatory position.

Hatton said: “If Martin comes through I hope he will become the official challenger and earn a rematch with Sturm or their regular champion Gennady Golovkin. It was a terrible blow that he couldn’t get his paperwork cleared in time for the Chavez Jr fight, but he is back in the gym and looking forward to his next contest.

“After his magnificent performance against Sturm, Martin deserves another world title challenge and I will make sure it happens.”

Murray (23-0-1) added: “I can’t wait to get in there and use what I learned against Sturm. I’m still developing into my prime and I’m looking forward to the future.”

Also in title action on the bill, Sheffield’s Ryan Rhodes meets unbeaten Belarussian Sergey Rabchenko for the vacant European light-middleweight crown. Rhodes’s fellow steel city boxer - Richard Towers, bids for his first title against German Michael Wallisch for the vacant EEU heavyweight crown.

There will be a talent stacked undercard that will include unbeaten hopefuls Adam Etches (7-0), Scott Jenkins (4-0), Ryan Doyle (1-0), Jimmy Kelly (1-0).

Ticket prices are now on sale priced £125 (VIP Inner Ringside + exclusive cash bar), £100 Ringside, £55, £35 and £30. You can purchase tickets by calling Hatton Promotions hotline 01925 755 222, www.ticketmaster.co.uk, 0844 847 2500, www.ticketline.co.uk, 0844 888 4402, www.hmv.com

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