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Scoring unfair in title defeat, insists Murray; BOXING.

Byline: PHIL KIRKBRIDE

MARTIN MURRAY believes he was the victim of unfair scoring in his world title fight with Sergio Martinez.

The St Helens middleweight lost out to the WBC king 115-112 on all three judges' scorecards in Buenos Aires, Argentina last Saturday night.

Murray floored Martinez in the eighth round and again in the 10th but the second knockdown was ruled a slip.

The 30-year-old says that the referee made a mistake in not awarding a knockdown in his favour and Murray believes it was a defining moment in the fight. He said: "If it was fair scoring then yes, I should have got the decision but it was always going to be an uphill battle in Argentina and I knew this when I accepted the fight.

"I'd love the chance to fight Martinez again but there's no way I'll get the opportunity.

"Anybody who watched that fight could see that it was a genuine knockdown.

"I think it effected the fight in a big way because he was gone and if it was ruled a knockdown then he would only have had eight seconds to make the count rather than the 20 plus seconds that he actually received.

"Martinez is in the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the world and I had him down twice, bossed him and lost a very close debatable decision in his own backyard so I'd have thought that it does."

"I'm obviously gutted that I'm not taking that belt home with me but I'm happy and proud that I can leave Argentina with my head held high knowing that I represented St Helens and Great Britain."

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KNOCKDOWN: Martin Murray (right) knocks Sergio Martinez down
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:3ARGE
Date:May 1, 2013
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