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Golovkin TKO’s Murray in Eleven to Retain Title

Golovkin vs Murray

By. BrotherJR

February 22, 2015

Saturday night at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, Golovkin “GGG” Golovkin scored his 19th consecutive stoppage, overpowering and breaking down number one WBA Middleweight contender Martin Murray throughout before stopping him in the 11th round to retain his WBA Middleweight title. This was the 13th title defense for Golovkin.

Murray got off to a good start early on, doing a good job through the first two rounds keeping his distance, keeping his guard high, landing some good right hands up top and timely holding in an effort to neutralize the Golovkin attack. However in round three Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) started to find his rhythm. Towards the end of the third Golovkin hurt Murray (29-2-1, 12 KOs) with a left hook and follow-up right hand.

Round four is where Golovkin started to get things rolling. The defending champ started to focus on the body of Murray and with 65 seconds to go in the round, Golovkin put knocked Murray down by way of a right to the body. Another right hand put Murray down again with 39 seconds to go in the round. From that point on, Golovkin took over and it was all “GGG”.

Starting in round five Golovkin poured on the punishment. Along with the body shots, Golovkin started to land uppercuts and straights right hands as well. Murray tried to rally in round seven, even landing some solid punches on the chin of Golovkin, but the defending champ wouldn’t be denied as he soaked those punches up and kept on the attack. One of Golovkin’s underrated attributes is his ability to cut off the ring, and he did a terrific job of that during this fight, essentially not allowing Murray to get away as he applied constant pressure.

In round eight, Murray was beaten up to the point that it seemed that his corner was in danger of stopping the fight. However, Murray’s trainer, Oliver Harrison, decided to let his fighter continue on. Martin Murray has all the heart and toughness in the world, but just didn’t have any answers on the night and his lack of power was really evident. As hard as he tried, Murray just wasn’t able to put any dent in Golovkin at all who was just relentless and smelled blood.

Towards the end of round ten Golovkin landed a huge right hand knocking down Murray for the third time in the bout. Lucky for Murray this was at the tail end of the round or else he wouldn’t have survived as he was in serious trouble. To Murray’s credit he survived the round and came out for the eleventh, but that knockdown was the beginning of the end as 50 seconds into the eleventh Golovkin landed another big right that wobbled the legs of Murray. At that point referee Luis Pabon had seen enough and waved off the fight.

While Martin Murray extended Golovkin showing tremendous courage, it was ultimately the power, precision, and the wicked body punching of Gennady Golovkin that proved the difference. After the bout, Golovkin called out WBC and lineal Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. According to Golovkin “I hope, I hope Miguel Cotto… my goal is all the belts in the middleweight division. I need unification fight.” However at this point, there’s serious questions as to whether Cotto will get in the ring with Golovkin. A more likely is a fight in the future for Golovkin could very well be against David Lemieux of Canada provided he defeats Hassan N’Dam in their upcoming fight for the vacant IBF Middleweight title. Another potential big fight could be against Canelo Alvarez, but that fight probably will not happen until sometime in 2016. Then there’s the possibility of a fight against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. who went to twitter call out Golovkin (mind you, this is the same Chavez Jr. who had a fight lined up against Golovkin last year before pulling out in large part over a dispute with promoter Bob Arum). Of course the ultimate fight that’s still dangling out there would be a showdown against Super Middleweight king Andre Ward. Golovkin is clearly the best Middleweight in the world, but the question for him is, will he land that super-fight that he clearly craves?

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