Martin Murray: The Heartbreak Kid

By Robert Ecksel on November 21, 2015
Martin Murray: The Heartbreak Kid
Now officially boxing’s Heartbreak Kid, Martin Murray can’t get a break to save his life.

Murray’s supporters shouted “Cheats, cheats, cheats,” proving, yet again, that words speak louder than actions…

Saturday night at the Tui Arena in Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany, WBO World super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (45-4, 29 KOs), from Berlin by way of Yerevan, Armenia, successfully defended his title by defeating Martin Murray (33-3-1, 15 KOs), from St. Helens, Merseyside, United Kingdom, by split decision after 12 rounds.

The final scores were 116-111, 115-112, and 112- 115.

Murray is now officially boxing’s Heartbreak Kid, the fighter who can’t get a break to save his life. The fight was his fourth attempt to win a world title, and his fourth loss in as many attempts.

Like his draw with Felix Sturm in 2011, his questionable loss to Sergio Martinez in 2013, and his 11th round KO at the hands of Gennady Golovkin earlier this year, Murray acquitted himself admirably in yet another losing effort.

Murray had his moments and dominated the first third of the fight. Abraham dominated the middle rounds. The fighters traded rounds as the fight drew to a close. Murray was deducted a point for holding in the 11th, which needless to say didn’t help.

When the decision was announced at the end of the fight, Murray’s supporters shouted “Cheats, cheats, cheats,” proving, as if additional proof was needed, that words speak louder than actions.

Getting a fair shake in Germany is always tough, especially if one isn’t German. Murray must have known going in that unless Abraham was unconscious, a highly unlikely prospect, the decision wouldn’t be his, which of course it was not.

Carl Froch, who was working the fight for Sky Sports, had this to say about the fight.

“Abraham is a very solid looking unit. When you’re in front of him—Paul Smith can tell you, I can tell you—you can’t seem to penetrate his defense. And the judges really like to use that in their excuse, if you like, when they’re scoring for him, by saying ‘he’s not getting hit.’ But when he lands his punches at the end of every round, he lands so many eye-catching punches. He’s very strong and solid; very, very hard puncher. Even if you catch the shots and block them, you’re getting knocked back and you look like you’re in trouble. That’s why, it’s in Germany. We always know, there’s not a problem, but we know you’ve gotta not just win the fight in Germany, but really take it off the champion in Germany, and Martin didn’t do enough.”

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:45pm, 11/21/2015

    Arthur likes it when you punch his earmuffs for a while and then let him have his turn….the idea is to not let him have his turn which is how Ward and Froch did it.