Anthony Joshua may be making his first defence of his IBF world heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale at the O2 Arena on Saturday night. But not forgetting there is a much-anticipated chief support bout as MGM´s Martin Murray takes on George Groves at super-middleweight.
The four-time world title challenger has worked tirelessly for this opportunity, for years Murray got his head down, trained hard and concentrated on becoming champion and this is his moment.
Murray has been giving his all to get ready for this fight, training with his world-class coach, Oliver Harrison, doing what is it they do best. “I´ve had a great training camp,” Murray said “I´m in the condition of my life, both physically and mentally. I´m up for the fight like never before and can´t wait to get in there on Saturday.”
Finally he added, “I´m expecting a tough fight but I´m ready for war and willing to do whatever it takes to win.”
This domestic showdown will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office and MGM are behind Murray all the way to the top!
MGM Scotland Summer Showdown Preview
A little over twelve months have passed since MGM Scotland hosted their first ever boxing promotion in a sell-out show atBellahouston. This Saturday they celebrate that anniversary by returning to the same venue for their tenth show in that same period.
MGM Scotland’s Summer Showdown brings an end to this season of boxing with a stacked card which has ten fights scheduled. From Flyweights to Cruiserweights, debuts to redemption missions, prospects to title contenders, this card seems to have a mixture of everything.
Topping the bill is Michael Roberts in 8 round action against Antonio Horvatic. Roberts has been knocking on the door for a title opportunity recently and an impressive display will cement his place in the title mix. This is Roberts’ first fight over the eight round distance and should make for an interesting contest.
Two fighters make their debut on the show and both men couldn’t be much further apart in weight divisions. Ross Murray will hope to make an impression on the Flyweight Division in the next 12 months and he makes his first appearance as a professional with Peter Harrison in his corner. Also making his debut is Fijian RatuLatianara. Based in Edinburgh, Ratu will be fighting in the explosive Cruiserweight division.
Adam Mackenzie returns to Bellahouston on a redemption mission, due to his last visit resulting in a surprising defeat. This will be his first fight since that shock defeat and should make for an extremely tense atmosphere.
Edinburgh’s Tommy Philbin is also in action. Quickly gaining a reputation as one of Scotland’s top prospects, Philbin seems to make significant improvements with each fight. In his fifth contest as a pro he faces Chris Nixon (6-5) who comes into the fight full of confidence after taking another prospects undefeated record in his last appearance.
Garry Murray appeared on MGM Scotland’s first show at Bellahouston and returns again this Saturday. This will be his first fight over the six round distance and will see him up against the tough and tricky Nathan Hardy.
Thomas Dickson has his first real test as a professional, facing IbrarRiyaz who lost a razor thin decision to Ashley Peyton in his last fight for the vacant British Challenge belt.
Falkirk’s Stevie Beattie also appears on the stacked card. ‘The Buzzsaw’ brings energy and aggression – his fans bring the noise. His debut had Bellahouston rocking and Saturday promises to be more of the same.
Rising prospects Michael McGurk and Jamie Wilson also feature on the bill as they aim to pick up victories and carry some real momentum into the new season.