I write this article as a boxing fan first and a journalist second.
I am very glad to find that after several weeks of complaints about the state of British Boxing and its major platforms (Sky and Boxnation), that a promoter and terrestrial television channel are going to host an exciting international world title fight that really does capture the imagination of boxing fans.
On February 21st St Helens’ Martin Murray steps up to the world platform for the 3rd time with arguably his biggest challenge yet. Gennady Golovkin appears to be unstoppable.
Many top-level fighters have admitted publicly that they wish to avoid him, and many more avoid even talking about him due to his long string of destructive KO victories and near faultless performances.
Murray is no walkover himself and only has one defeat to his name which he lost to former Middleweight king Sergio Martinez in a fight many thought Murray was robbed on the score cards. He went to Martinez’s back yard and gave a brave performance and became the first person to put Martinez down.
Over the last 2 weekends we have seen some of the much awaited domestic fights on Sky Box Office and Boxnation. The PPV status of Bellew vs Cleverly 2 was received with mixed opinions from fans around the country with many choosing not to tune in, in protest to the £16.99 price tag. The Boxnation card seemed better value for money with more competitive fights on the card but then on the night, the 2 main events were majorly delayed and a lot if fans left the arena early or switched off at home and went to bed.
Mick Hennesey who is promoting the February match-up in Monte Carlo has said that the ring-walks will be no later than 10pm UK time and since the whole show will be shown live on channel 5, it will be available to all UK boxing fans via terrestrial television with no extra subscription or PPV cost.
We think that big fights like this on terrestrial television will help to grow the profile of British boxing and also believe that this is a great chance to see one of the most elite fighters of our time in action.