Murray moves closer to world title shot after points win
Martin Murray (28-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision over Max Bursak (29-3-1, 12 KOs) to claim the WBC silver middleweight title on Saturday night at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medecin in Monte Carlo, Monaco, France.
The St Helens fighter was never in trouble over 12 rounds and was handed the decision by all three judges, who scored the bout 119-109, 119-109, and 117-112.
Although Murray rarely threatened to knock his 29-year-old Ukrainian opponent out, he easily dictated the exchanges and moved closer to sealing a date with divisional kingpin Gennady Golovkin later this year.
In December 2011, Murray caused Felix Sturm all sorts of problems on the latter's home soil only to see the German retain the WBA title by way of a draw and was then on the wrong end of another decision in April 2013, when he knocked down and arguably edged then-WBC champion Sergio Martinez.
Also on the card, WBA/IBO strawweight champion Hekkie “The Hexecutioner” Budler (26-1, 8 KOs) scored an impressive 8th round KO over Pigmy Kokietgym (52-6-2, 23 KOs).
Budler scored a knockdown in round four when Pigmy’s glove touched the canvas. Budler scored a harder knockdown in round seven with a body shot. Budler then swarmed Kokietgym with body shots in round eight and put him down twice to end it. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. counted out Pigmy at 1:06 of the round.