Martin Murray says he will fight Darren Barker after agreeing on Twitter!

Last Updated: 06/12/12 10:52pm

Murray: Martinez next

Martin Murray says he will fight Darren Barker providing he keeps winning - starting on Saturday.

Barker, the former British, Commonwealth and European middleweight champion, returns to the ring after 14 months out when he takes on Kerry Hope, live on Sky Sports 1 HD.

Victory could well put the Londoner back in the mix for a world-title tilt, having lost to WBC boss Argentina's Sergio Martinez in October 2011.

Murray himself takes on the same opponent in April, but has revealed that he and Barker have all but agreed to collide, as long as the latter has still got it.

"Me and Darren Barker spoke over Twitter and we're both eager for it to happen."

Martin Murray

"Me and Darren spoke over Twitter and we're both eager for it to happen," he told Ringside.

"We've both been gentlemanly and said if we both keep winning, then the fight will happen - and they're the sort of fights you want to be in."

Murray though, does not believe a Barker comeback win is a certainty.

Saturday's opponent Hope is also looking to rebuild having lost the European Middleweight title in July and could cause a major upset.

"Hope is not going out to lose and he wants to make a statement himself," said Murray.

"He will be the underdog but if Barker is not on his game there could be an upset. None of us know. We know he (Barker) has injuries but we're not sure what they were."


Another middleweight, Martinez, is himself dealing with a leg injury ahead of his showdown with Murray.

The fight is still five months away but the man from St Helens, Lancashire, is already convinced he can cause a major surprise against one of the best in the world pound-for-pound rankings.

"We got offered the fight and we knew before the last fight, if we got through it my fight last Saturday, then the Martinez fight was there," he said.

"Everything went well and they were true to their word and they sent the contract through, for April 27, in Argentina.

"Obviously I've got me own style but I've got the style to beat him. I can fight going forward, going back, on the inside and I've also got a good boxing brain.

"But I think they key to me going over there and beating him is Oliver Harrison my coach. He's definitely a massive input going over there and making up the tactics to go and win."