Martin Murray unsure of next move after Arthur Abraham loss

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Martin Murray really thought it would be his night and says he is absolutely gutted after losing to Arthur Abraham in Germany

Martin Murray admits he is now at a crossroads in his boxing career after his latest shot at a world title ended in a split-decision loss to Arthur Abraham in Germany.

Murray pushed the Armenia-born German all the way but scores of 115-112, 112-115 and 116-111 saw him come away from the bout in Hanover empty-handed.

"Obviously I'm gutted," Murray told Sky Sports after the loss.

"I really thought it was my night and when the final bell went - even though we were in Germany - I still thought I had it. I still thought I had done enough. When they said it was a split decision even then I still thought I'd got it.

"I know I'm too good to retire but the way I am feeling now, what can I do? It was my fifth shot. I just can't keep doing this. I just can't keep doing it to my family."

Arthur Abraham celebrate victory over Martin Murray
Image: Abraham celebrates retaining his title

Decisions are notoriously hard to come by for visiting fighters in Germany and Murray's camp had insisted on American officials for his world-title challenge.

Murray's promoter Eddie Hearn has already promised to put up a big purse to try and lure Abraham to England for a rematch but the champion's promoter Kalle Sauerland cast doubt on the possibility.

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"Let's have this right - it was a close decision but it was not a bad decision," Sauerland said.

"Martin is a very good boxer. He truly deserves to be a world champion and I hope he wins his title one day."

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