Martin Murray handed a shot at the WBA interim middleweight title

Last Updated: 08/11/12 12:48am

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Martin Murray: Handed shot at WBA interim title

Martin Murray: Handed shot at WBA interim title

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Martin Murray can finally propel himself back into world title contention after being handed a shot at the WBA interim middleweight belt.

Murray appeared to have arrived on the world scene last December when he held Felix Sturm to a draw in a clash for the full WBA title, but the St Helens fighter has been unable to land another big name fight.

This frustrating spell could soon be over as Murray will face Venezuelan Jorge Navarro for the vacant crown on the undercard of the Ricky Hatton-Vyacheslav Senchenko bill at Manchester Arena on 24 November.

Murray will rise back up the rankings with a win over fellow unbeaten fighter Navarro, who has won 10 of his 12 fights inside the distance.

"This is a dangerous fight," said Murray. "It has been tough getting an opponent, but Navarro is the only fighter ranked in the top ten willing to fight me."

His manager Neil Marsh said: "Our team could not have worked any harder to secure a very important contest against a hard hitting unbeaten fighter ranked seventh by the WBA.

"We have tried many big names and for whatever reason, whether it be Martin being avoided or boxing politics, we can't make the fights Martin and the public want.

"In the end Navarro was the only one willing to face Martin on November 24."

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