Murray: Groves made his name losing to Froch

Groves vs Murray
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Martin Murray has claimed that George Groves only made a name for himself by losing to Carl Froch – twice.

The St. Helens star launched the verbal attack ahead of his showdown with Groves for the WBA International super middleweight title at The O2 on June 25th.

During the verbal attack, Murray also insisted that Groves is more preoccupied with making himself the A-side of this contest, instead of focusing on the task at hand.

Whilst both Groves and Murray have had their share of world title fights against elite opposition in the past, neither has ever walked away with a world title. So, with a world title shot the potential spoils of war in this contest it’s clear that both fighters are keen to emerge victoriously.

Although Murray lost out to Gennady Golovkin, Sergio Martinez, Felix Sturm, and Arthur Abraham in world title contests, this is where Murray feels he holds an advantage and hopes his superior resume and experience will help lead him to victory when the pair finally meet.

“I’ve been in bigger fights than him all over the world against better opposition,” said Murray. “The fact that his name comes first means nothing to me – I’m a 33-year-old grown man, how’s that going to bother me?

“He got his name by losing twice to Carl Froch and that’s how he’s the a-side. If I’m not established enough as a World class fighter as it stands now, I’m going to get it when I beat George, even though I’ve been in the bigger and tougher fights than him, that’s the way it is. He thinks that the 80,000 tickets at Wembley were down to him, nothing to do with Carl.

“I don’t think he should’ve left Adam Booth. He finds it easy to pass the blame. He blamed the referee after the first Froch fight, he blamed a ‘punch from the gods’ for the second fight and blamed Paddy Fitzpatrick for the Jack loss.

“After Badou Jack I heard he was talking about retiring. He’s come back and had two fights where he’s been firing at sitting ducks where there’s been nothing coming back at him, so he’s got his confidence back now, and that makes now he thinks that this is an easy fight; but it’s not, and when it gets tough he will crumble. I want him to keep thinking that it’s easy because he’ll find out next Saturday how wrong he is and I can’t wait to prove it.”

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