Martin Murray beats Max Bursak on points to close on world title
Last Updated: 21/06/14 11:46pm
Martin Murray: Routine win in Monte Carlo
Martin Murray moved towards a world middleweight title shot by cruising to a wide points victory over Max Bursak in Monte Carlo.
The St Helens fighter was never in trouble over 12 rounds and was handed the decision by all three judges, who scored the bout 119-109, 119-109, and 117-112.
Ukrainian hope Bursak, who lost to Jarrod Fletcher last time out, struggled to impose himself and never looked comfortable with the tempo set by the busy Briton.
Although Murray rarely threatened to knock his 29-year-old opponent out, he easily dictated the exchanges and moved closer to sealing a date with divisional kingpin Gennady Golovkin later this year.
The 31-year-old secured the WBC silver middleweight title by beating Bursak but will be keen to finally secure a more illustrious belt at the first available opportunity, having been denied twice in controversial circumstances in recent years.
In December 2011, Murray caused Felix Sturm all sorts of problems on the latter's home soil only to see the German retain the WBA title by way of a draw and was then on the wrong end of another decision in April 2013, when he knocked down and arguably edged then-WBC champion Sergio Martinez.
WBA champion Golovkin is expected to retain his title and his unbeaten record when he faces Daniel Geale on July 26, with Murray's promoter Rodney Berman standing by to begin negotiations.