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Heartbreak for St Helens' Martin Murray as fourth title bid ends in defeat

It was heartbreak again for St Helens' Martin Murray as his fourth world title attempt ended in defeat once more against Arthur Abraham in Germany.

The defending WBO super-middleweight champion won a split points decision 115-112, 112-115, 116-111 to retain his belt.

Murray had little success in the opening rounds in Hanover and was caught by a straight, powerful right hand in the third.

It was not until the sixth that Murray landed something meaningful, forcing his opponent back on to the ropes with a right hand, but Abraham responded with a counter to mark the Briton's face.

The champion twice caught Murray in the seventh but he landed the best punch of the fight in the next round, catching Abraham with a big right glove.

Murray was deducted a point, after a couple of warnings, in the 11th for using the shoulder, which all-but ended the 33-year-old's hopes.

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