Murray allays concerns over Hannover bout


Martin Murray says his WBO super-middleweight title fight with Arthur Abraham will go ahead in Hannover this weekend, despite a recent terror threat in the city.

Murray is set to face reigning champion Abraham at the TUI Arena on Saturday.

However, questions were raised over whether the bout would take place after the international football friendly between Germany and Netherlands, scheduled to take place at the HDI-Arena in Hannover on Tuesday, was cancelled over security fears.

The decision to cancel the match followed the attacks in Paris last Friday, which saw 129 people killed across six locations and three suicide bombers detonate explosive belts in the vicinity of the Stade de France as Germany took on France.

Speaking at a pre-fight news conference on Wednesday, Murray said: "It's important that the fight goes on and we stand together. I'm confident that the security here is first class."

The Briton subsequently told Sky Sports News: "We didn't know anything had gone on [in Hannover on Tuesday], to be honest. It's not affected us really.

"There were people texting me, asking me was it [the fight with Abraham] going ahead, and as far as I was concerned it was never not going ahead.

"I've been reassured today that it isn't going to be a problem, so obviously I'm just looking forward to the fight now.

"The security will be bumped up, so the fans coming over can be assured that security is going to be tight. We've been walking round the town centre and we've not felt any signs of anxiety at all. Everything's just been normal, so from our point of view there's nothing to worry about."