Middleweight veteran, Martin Murray, insists he now uses the idea of retirement as motivation to keep on fighting and winning as he prepares to take on Frenchman, Hasan N’Dam on December 22.
However, while Murray is on a run of form, notching up four wins since losing a unanimous decision to George Groves in 2016, the former world title challenger knows another loss on his record would force him to hang up the gloves.
“I know how important it is to win anyway, but I think people want to see me retire!” quipped the four-time world title challenger.
“The stakes are high, and I think people do want to see me retire more than I do because it gets thrown in my face all the time.
“I’m a survivor. I’ve just been surviving and surviving, and it always seems to be one loss, and I will be retired. I’ve had that, well, since the Groves fight and I’ve not lost since.”
Even with retirement just one loss away, Murray insists he is in a good place and focused on winning.
“I’m feeling great, you know, really good. I am one loss away from retirement, although I don’t want to retire, I know it is one loss away. So I am focusing, training hard and really enjoying the work at the minute.
“I keep getting the crossroads fight thing thrown at me by people. A really good mate of mine, a couple of months ago, said to me that after the Groves loss he never thought I would still be here.
“Everybody wrote me off after Groves, but I have just survived, scrapped and scraped – and I am still here.
“I am in a tough fight now, a meaningful fight and I am just focused on getting a win against a good live opponent.”