George Groves Vs Martin Murray – Preview and Prediction

George Groves and Martin Murray will meet in a mouth watering super middleweight domestic clash as both look to earn themselves another world title shot.

George Groves is targeting a fourth world title shot while Martin Murray is targeting a fifth shot at world honours as both fighters become in danger of becoming the nearly men, with 7 failed world title attempts between them.

This has all the ingredients to be an excellent all British encounter with plenty on the line for both men, many boxing fans will be more excited by this match up then the main event this Saturday night.

Groves is the favourite with the bookmakers at 4/11 with Martin Murray the underdog at 5/2, for me this is a real 50/50 affair and tough fight to call.

Groves is the more skilled fighter but hasn’t quite looked the same since leaving trainer Adam Booth and getting stopped by Carl Froch twice, prior to that he had looked a class act, notching up a win against James Degale early in his career.

After 3 failed world title attempts under Paddy Fitzpatrick, Groves is looking to revive his career under new trainer Shane McGuigan. So far so good with 2 wins out of 2 under his new guidance, however he is yet to face world level opposition with McGuigan and this will be their first real test as fighter and trainer.

Groves biggest assest is his jab which can look a sight of perfection at times, he also possesses legitmate punching power, questions still remain over his stamina and chin however, but if Groves it is at his best this weekend and can utilise that pool of talent he has then he will be a hard man to beat this weekend.

Martin Murray while not as skilled as his opponent this weekend is technically sound, has a neat and tidy style, is strong defensively, solid and durable. Murray may just have some of the key ingredients to beat Groves this Saturday night.

I believe this is a real 50/50 fight that will likely be decided by a close decision either way, I expect Groves to start sharp and dominate early with Murray growing into the fight as it unfolds in the later rounds. However you really can’t rule at a knockout either way that is what makes the fight so tough to call.

I believe if you are looking for value this weekend, a very live dog at generous odds of 5/2 on Martin Murray is a no brainer for me, however am I confident Murray wins? Certainly not. But the price is right.

PREDICTION: MURRAY SD 

BETTING TIP: £20 on Martin Murray to win 5/2 Ladbrokes (cover £1 on the draw at 25/1)