Reports say Gennady Golovkin will face Martin Murray next, deal reached for Feb 1st in Monaco – but co-promoter says no
It seems, maybe anyway, that feared middleweight Gennady Golovkin, 28-0(25) has his next challenger lined up. According to a piece via Mail Online, the WBA 160-pound champ will face Britain’s Martin Murray on February 1st in Monte Carlo, Monaco, with HBO to televise.
“GGG” is hoping to face WBC middleweight king Sergio Martinez next, but in the meantime the lethal puncher from Kazakhstan will be challenged by the accomplished Murray. Or will he? According to Rodney Berman, who will co-promoter Golovkin’s bout in Monaco, it WILL NOT be against Murray.
“No truth in the rumour,” Berman wrote on Twitter regarding GGG Vs. Murray.
However, Murray, who was last seen pushing Martinez all the way before losing via very competitive decision, would be a good challenger for Golovkin – even if he once joked, whilst analysing a Golovkin fight for Sky Sports, that the best way to beat Golovkin is to take a baseball bat into the ring.
Murray has previously boxed Felix Sturm in a title challenge, getting a debatable draw in Germany, and now, after his unlucky trip to box Martinez in Argentina, the 28-year-old will be hoping its third time lucky. Golovkin, last seen stopping a game Curtis Stevens, will no doubt be a big betting favourite to once again win in Monaco (whoever he eventually faces), but Murray is nobody’s pushover.
Murray, 25-1-1(11) will first (and definitely!) box a tune-up against a TBA on the November 23rd Froch-Groves card in Manchester.
If Golovkin doesn’t fight Murray next, who might he face?