Murray should face decent test against Torres

Martin Murray will face Jose Miguel Torres for his Sept. 5 bout at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England. Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Former middleweight title challenger Martin Murray has an opponent for his Sept. 5 bout at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England. He will face Jose Miguel Torres.

Three times Murray, 32, of England, fought for a middleweight world title but came up short -- a debatable draw with Felix Sturm in 2011 (on Sturm's turf in Germany), a very close decision loss to Sergio Martinez in 2013 (on Martinez's turf in Argentina) and an 11th-round knockout to Gennady Golovkin in February. That one was a one-sided beatdown on neutral territory in Monte Carlo.

Since the loss to GGG, Murray (31-2-1, 14 KOs) has won two fights in a row since moving up to super middleweight in June. Torres (31-6, 27 KOs) is a better grade of opponent than the previous two.

"This is the perfect fight for Martin and his first real test since the Golovkin fight," said Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who promotes Murray. "Torres always comes to fight, is exciting to watch and can really punch. He has been in at elite level, and neither will take a step backwards in Leeds."

Torres, 36, of Colombia, has won four fights in a row since suffering a seventh-round knockout loss to middleweight David Lemieux in Montreal in 2013. Lemieux went on to win a middleweight world title.

Murray-Torres will take place on the card headlined by hometown favorite Josh Warrington defending his Commonwealth featherweight belt against Joel Brunker.