The smiling assassin Gennady Golovkin 31(28)-0 faces Britain’s best middleweight Martin Murray 29(12)-1-1 with three belts on the line (WBA Super World Middleweight Title, interim WBC World Middleweight Title, and the IBO World Middleweight Title). Join The Roar from 9:45am AEST for all the live, round-by-round action.
Gennady Golovkin is taking the world by storm. He’s undefeated, is a KO artist, doesn’t stop smiling and calls all his opponents “good boys”.
Golovkin will be fighting for the first time this year after spending 2014 demolishing Australia’s own Daniel Geale and Mexican stalwart Marco Antonio Rubio.
Martin Murray fought three times throughout 2014 – once in South Africa and twice in Monaco, where this Sunday’s fight will take place – winning all fights decisively.
The odds are definitely in Golovkin’s favour. He’s a counter-punching machine that can cut off the ring and forces his opponents to fight off the back foot.
Murray is no slouch. His single loss was to Sergio Martinez in Argentina and his single draw was against Felix Sturm in Germany. Both were controversial, coming against division-dominating legacy fighters on each of their home turf.
Unfortunately Murray’s style, although competent defensively, looks to be the type that Golovkin is most comfortable against and every analyst, commentator and bookie has it pegged the same.
Look to see Golovkin feint the jab or straight before swinging the hook around Murray’s tight guard. Murray will use his jab to keep the distance, fight from the outside and push it late into the rounds.
Murray dropped Martinez to the mat twice in their encounter, but couldn’t finish him. It’s unlikely he will be able to pull out a finisher against Golovkin so the decision victory will be his approach. This will require a granite chin and super-hero conditioning, which Murray may have after spending over a month in South Africa training at high altitude.
Arguably Golovkin’s biggest test to date and possibly Murray’s last shot at a title, this is going to be an entertaining fight. Tune in early or you might miss all the action!