Martin Murray is confident of ending Billy Joe Saunders’ unbeaten record and fulfilling his dream of becoming a world champion.
Saunders is set to make his fourth WBO middleweight belt defence against fellow Briton, Murray, when they meet at London’s O2 Arena on April 14.
Murray, 35, has failed in four previous world title fights and is planning to retire if he loses to Saunders.
Murray’s world-title fight record
- Felix Sturm – draw
- Sergio Martinez – defeat
- Gennady Golovkin – defeat
- Arthur Abraham – defeat
But the St Helens-born fighter (36-4-1, 17 KOs) was unfazed when asked about Saunders’ unbeaten status, saying: “It doesn’t bother me.
“Come fight night I’ll be the best I’ve ever been.”
Murray, who has been working with trainer Jamie Moore, added: “My other four (world title fights) have been out of the country.
“Barring the [Gennady] Golovkin one (the only one that did not last 12 rounds), had they been in England, with the decision I think I would have got the fight.
“Now I have my fifth attempt and I am fighting Billy Joe, an English lad, in England. Everything is there for me now to go and fulfil my dream.
“I am really confident April 14 will be my night, that I will finally become world champion.
“He’s flying at the moment, younger, fresher, but I’ve fought better people, have more experience, and I’m desperate.
“If I don’t win I’m going to retire, and I don’t want to yet. I want to win a world title, and a desperate man is a dangerous man.”
Murray, if he does win, plans to have two further bouts before retiring, which he expects to be a rematch with Saunders plus “a big fight with whoever”.