Result: Martin Murray ready for title tilt after getting past Sergey Khomitsky

Result: Murray ready for title tilt after getting past Khomitsky
Martin Murray beats Sergey Khomitsky and later reveals that a third world-title tilt has been signed for 2014.

British middleweight Martin Murray has come through eight tough rounds against Sergey Khomitsky at the ExCel Arena.

The 31-year-old from St Helens looked flat throughout but took the decision by two rounds against a fighter he previously defeated in 2009.

The pair were originally slated to meet each other three weeks ago, but their engagement was postponed when Murray was struck down by a virus.

After the bout, Murray and his promoter Ricky Hatton revealed that a deal has been struck for his third shot at a world title, although they remained tight lipped about the opponent.

"It was good to get eight rounds in and blow the cobwebs off for a big fight next year but it was a very disappointing performance," he told Sky Sports News.

"I'm not going to blame anything on the virus but it is quite hard getting up for the fight after last time [against Sergio Martinez]. I was fit but the performance was flat."

Murray lost a contentious decision against WBC middleweight champion Martinez in April.

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