St Helens boxer Martin Murray eyes world title fights

Martin Murray
Murray hopes the British title will give him fights on the world stage

British middleweight champion Martin Murray says he wants to battle for world honours after beating Nick Blackwell on Saturday.

The St Helens boxer is currently ranked fifth in the world by the WBA.

He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "We're ready for world title fights and we've got to wait and see if they come.

"Me, Oliver Harrision [trainer] and the team are ready for anyone now. Hopefully the British title can be a platform for bigger and better things."

The 28-year-old added: "The British title has shown in the past what it does for the people who win it."

His win over Blackwell came via a fifth round stoppage when the Trowbridge fighter retired after aggravating a rib injury.

Murray, who is also the Commonwealth and WBA inter-continental title holder, admits he was not at his best during the win but knows he did enough.

"The sharpness wasn't there in my shots, it wasn't 100%," Murray continued.

"But we knew going into the fight we didn't need 100% to beat Nick Blackwell, no disrespect to him.

"That's shown because I wasn't 100% but I got the job done. I hit him with a few good shots and he dug deep and bit down on his gum shield and he came back with a few shots.

"He's a game kid and I'm sure he's got a great future ahead of him."