No one can take anything away from the St Helens man Martin Murray (29-1-1 with 12 KO) as he clearly has balls the size of beach balls.
Murray was hard done by in a draw with Felix Sturm and held his own against former middleweight world number 1 Sergio Martinez but many don’t think there is a chance of him being robbed by the Judges in his next fight.
He has signed to fight Gennady Golovkin for his world title on February 21st.
This is a massive fight for Martin as after 3 attempts at a world title, should he be unsuccessful he will find himself some way back down the pecking order and having to plot a new route to the top.
Murray earned his shot with a 7th round stoppage win due to a cut over Domenico Spada in Monte Carlo last night. The Italian was cut earlier in the fight due to an apparent head clash but Murray was up on all 3 scorecards regardless and always looked good for the win.
A lot of people are writing off the 32 yr olds chances but I cant help but believe there is some hope for him as everyone has there weakness and I think perhaps Martins durability may give him a better chance of finding Gennady’s when others may have been stopped earlier by his almost freakish power.
Golovkin has earnt a reputation as unbeatable due to his current run of stoppages including a 3rd round destruction of Matthew Macklin and more recently stopping Marco Antonio Rubio in the 2nd. Murray isnt short of experience either bragging a just one defeat in 31 fights and the UK no1 ranked middleweight has shared a ring with some of the best in the business in Sturm and Martinez.
I personally don’t envy the task ahead for him and as former IBF title holder Darren Barker put it “The only way you’d get me in the ring with Golovkin is with a baseball bat!” but as the saying goes, if you want to be the best you have to beat the best, and Murray is every bit courageous enough to give it as good a go if not better then any have yet.
February 21st will always stay in Martin Murray’s memory for one reason or another but he best be packing a solid chin as Golovkin hits like a running train!