Martin Murray Vs Arthur Abraham – Preview and Prediction

Martin Murray looks to become a world champion at the fourth time of asking as he travels to Germany in an attempt to take Arthur Abraham’s WBO world super middleweight title from his grasp.

Abraham once a formidable middleweight champion has enjoyed world champion success at super middleweight but at 35 years of age he is probably coming to the twilight end of his career and has been run close by fringe contenders in the last couple of years.

Paul Smith had a legitimate claim to have won his first encounter with Abraham while also Nikola Sjekloca and Willbeforce Shihepo have given Abraham close competitive fights in the last 2 years or so.

However he is coming in off the back of a very good performance and win against Robert Stieglitz, after being stopped by Stieglitz due to an eye injury in 2013, Abraham got his revenge by stopping Stieglitz in six rounds back in July. Abraham is a strong fighter who likes to conserve energy then unload bombs in calculated spurts, usually towards the end of rounds to catch the judges eyes.

Murray should arguably already be a world champion, he clearly beat Felix Sturm in 2011 and had an argument for beating Sergio Martinez in Argentina also 3 years later. He was stopped by Gennady Golovkin in 11 earlier this year, but has probably given ‘Triple G’ his best scrap, no one has ever gone 11 with Gennady Golovkin before or since.

He moved up to super middleweight after the Golovkin defeat and has scored 3 stoppages in a row, albeit against soft opposition.

I believe Arthur Abraham is there to be out boxed and Martin Murray has the class to do just that, defensively Murray is very good and I believe he will be able to deal with Abraham’s aggressive bursts in a shrewd type manner.

I am expecting Martin Murray to win plenty of rounds against Arthur Abraham this weekend, I might even put my head on the block and say I think he has the tools to really outclass him.

The concern is the fight is in Germany and we have seen some bias decisions to their home fighters over the years but we must also remember we have seen some fair ones, I didn’t see Felix Sturm getting any gifts against Daniel Geale, Sam Soliman or Fedorov Chudinov.

I am backing Murray to win this fight by decision, scorecards around 117-111 – 116-112 mark.

PREDICTION – MURRAY UD

BETTING TIP – £20 on Murray by decision 7/4 Ladbrokes