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Sport Bookie: Martin Murray edges past Sergey Khomitsky
By Andrew Scott Thursday, 19 December 2013 01:55
Pay per head sportsbooks and bookmakers UK thought that Murray’s performance against veteran Khomitsky was under par, as he fell behind in the meeting before his lead after the halfway stage on an eight round fight.
The clash ended up being postponed from three weeks ago when the St Helens middleweight was hit with a virus, but sport bookies and price per head services saw that the fighter refused to blame the illness for a disappointing performance.
“I was very flat,” he said after a 77-75 verdict. “It was good to get eight rounds in and blow the cobwebs off for a big fight next year but it was a very disappointing performance.
“I’m not going to blame anything on the virus but it is quite hard getting up for the fight after last time. It was the same after fighting Felix Sturm. I was fit but the performance was flat.”
Promoter Ricky Hatton then said that a deal was made for a world title fight next year, but he would not reveal who Martin would be up against, and sport bookies all over the world would like to see who he will take on be next.
“There’ll be a big announcement next week,” said Hatton. “We’ve secured Martin a great opportunity and I think he’s going to be third time lucky. Next year is going to be his year.”
Pay per head sportsbooks saw that Murray failed twice to win a world title in controversial ways – drawing with Felix Sturm before April, when he lost a narrow decision to Sergio Martinez, and bookmakers UK remember very well when this took place.
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The rumours amongst sport bookies are that the WBA will elevate Gennady Golovkin to ‘super champion’ status, which will leave Murray to fight for the now empty ‘regular’ strap.