Murray: ‘Matchroom don’t want to put Barker in with me’
Middleweight contender Martin Murray has revealed that he would love a domestic dust up with fellow title contender Darren Barker but believes the Londoner’s promotion team is not serious about making it happen.
Barker who is promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport has not fought since his loss to Sergio Martinez in October, and Murray, who earned a draw in his own title attempt against Felix Sturm last month, has called on Barker’s camp to set up a battle of Britain showdown.
‘I read the news from Eddie Hearn about the offer to myself to fight Darren Barker. This offer came after weeks and weeks of my fantastic team, Hatton Promotions, chasing Hearn and Matchroom to make this fight,’ Murray told BoxRec News.
‘My team have offered them a lot more money for Darren to box me than they offered me to box him and a date in April. My matchmaker Richard Poxon got a response, more or less saying 'Take it or leave it'.
‘I was in the office with Richard and Ricky Hatton when his reply came. This isn't the response of a team that wants a fight to happen. They don't want this fight and that's no disrespect to Darren because I respect him but I'm extremely confident that I'll beat him.
‘I would love to fight Darren and the British public would love the fight too. But like [Matthew] Macklin vs Barker it never happened and I'm concerned this won't happen.
‘My hopes are still that Felix Sturm will fight me again but I'm not holding my breath. This would make a fantastic fight for fight fans and it really is down to Matchroom and Darren to make this happen. Let's get it on!’