Saints backing Murray to provide inspiration

ST HELENS chief executive Mike Rush is hoping that St Helens boxer Martin Murray will win the WBA World Middleweight boxing title tonight against the unbeaten Kazakh world champion Gennady Golovkin.

And if Murray can pull it off against the hard hitting Golovkin, who has stopped each of his last 18 challengers inside the distance, Rush believes it could be a crucial inspiration when St Helens challenge South Sydney for the World Club Challenge title at Langtree Park on Sunday night.

“Martin Murray is a great fan of the club and he does a lot of work with us when he can get to the games,” said Rush.

“He’ll be fighting the night before our game, and and hopefully he will be able to get the better of Golovkin and get his belt, and then we will take on Souths and hopefully get the same result.

“We are very proud of Martin and everyone in St Helens will be wishing him all the best before our game.

“All the people who don’t think Martin will win must live outside St Helens. Everyone in St Helens believes he will win. We have every faith in him.

“I have watched Martin fight his whole career. There is never a lack of effort or of will, and I don’t think there is a boxer out there with a bigger heart. He will give everything he’s got to bring that title back to St Helens.

“And with a bit of luck, which he hasn’t had much of so far in his career, he can bring the title back.”

A full report and photos from all the weekend’s World Club Series matches will feature in Monday’s League Express