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Keep calm and carry on: Hostile Argentine crowd no problem for Ricky Hatton’s middleweight Martin Murray

By Ed Owen

Facing a pound-for-pound boxing champion while 50,000 Argentineans bray for your blood might faze most people, but not Martin Murray, according to his manager.

Murray, promoted by Ricky Hatton, flies out to South America to face middleweight division king Sergio Martinez for the WBC title, and is touted as the underdog on the champion’s home patch.

Yet Murray’s manager Neil Marsh says the fight will be little more than business as usual for his man.

“Martin is a model professional so he’s treating this fight the same as any other,” Marsh said.

“Martin knows he’s one of the best middleweights in the world and he’ll make sure he prepares correctly so to him it’s just about going there and doing his job.

“As a manager I’m lucky to have Martin because he’s never refused a fight and he’s ready for anyone anywhere. Is he daunted? No way whatsoever.”

Yet despite Murray’s confidence, victory against the man dubbed ‘Maravilla’ – Spanish for wonder –would rank amongst the greatest boxing upsets.

Martinez is ranked amongst the world’s greatest fighters – if Murray can stun the champion at Bueno Aires Velez Sarsfield stadium on April 27, he too might join such exalted company.

Yet Marsh insists the Brit – who holds the interim World WBA title – will keep his feet firmly on the ground even if he proves victorious.

He said: “Martin’s not doing this for a champagne lifestyle, he’s doing this for the good of his family.

“Winning will get him a pound-for-pound status but it won’t change him. He might be able to buy a new house, he might upgrade his car but as for stardom, he’ll stay well away from it.

“When he won Prizefighter that could have gone to his head, same when he won the British title and again when he won the WBA interim.

“He just keeps his head down and keeps a professional attitude.”

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