Arguably the hardest hitter in boxing today is Gennady Golovkin (31-0 28KO). His upcoming fight is against Martin Murray (29-1-1 12KO) in Monte Carlo, Monaco on the 21st February. The WBA, IBO and WBC-Interim middleweight titles are at stake in this pulsating encounter.
Golovkin has backed up the intensified hype regarding his brutal power by dismantling his last two opponents with ease. Daniel Geale (TKO Round 3) in July and against Mexican, Marco Antonio Rubio (KO Round 2) in October. There’s a reason most top middleweights like Quillin and now Miguel Cotto will avoid Golovkin at all costs.
Murray comes into the fight brimming with confidence after a hard fought win against Domenico Spada (TD Round 7) in October. Murray was clearly ahead on all judge’s scorecards when the fight was stopped due to a cut over Spada’s eye. Murray’s durable approach to fights has to date, worked arguably in his favour.
Golovkin is already looking ahead to his next few fights, clearly stating his plans. Many would say this is unprofessional and disrespectful yet there’s no one who possesses the sheer power Golovkin has. “I want fights like Cotto, Canelo, Chavez. Cotto is the WBC champion. I want to get all the titles at middleweight.” Before the household names, Golovkin is expected to not just rack up his 19th straight victory via stoppage, but to do so in formidable fashion.
Murray headed to South Africa half way through his 12 week training camp where he’ll reap the benefits of the high altitude (5577ft) in Johannesburg. His team have acquired sparring partners that mimic Golovkin’s style and Murray is under no illusion it’ll be an easy nights work. “I have the tools to beat him. I expect it will be tough and I’ll need to go through the pain, but I’m prepared for that, whatever it takes.”
The 32 year old from St Helens will undoubtedly ask a lot more questions than any other fighter Golovkin has shared a ring with. Whether this is enough to halt the most feared man in boxing, probably not. Golovkin’s legacy continues to rise as each day passes, his next assignment in Monaco may propel GGG even further towards stardom.
Josh Williams (@J_Williams1994)
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