English middleweight Martin Murray claims Irish middleweights Matthew Macklin and Andy Lee are afraid to fight him.
The former World title challenger says both know he has the potential to end their World title aspirations and thus avoid him.
Murray, who was recently in Dublin sparring Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan, faces talian Domenico Spada in Monte Carlo on Saturday and believes Gennady Golovkin is a more likely foe for him in 2015.
“As much as I want the fight, I don’t think there’s a chance of me facing Matthew Macklin now. We tried and failed twice to make it happen. Still, I would still love to fight him, Ireland’s Andy Lee or Darren Barker,” Murray told ESPN.
“I have never been approached by either Macklin or Lee’s teams, which just shows they are swerving me. They won’t fight me because they know it would ruin their dreams of fighting for a world title.”
Lee looks set to challenge for the vacant WBO middleweight title on either December 13 or 20 and if he wins will have a lot more attractive options than Murray, including a possible Irish derby fight with Matthew Macklin.
While Macklin fights in a 3arena hosted World title eliminator on November 15 and will most likely be targeting a fourth World title challenge in 2015.
However, new promoter Eddie Hearn has expressed a desire to make Macklin versus Murray.