Gennady Golovkin Team Talks Martin Murray and Others

GGG at Palm w Abel and Tom.jpg small 04d16LOS ANGELES—Gennady “GGG” Golovkin has stormed the boxing world with his two-fisted attack, which has sparked writers to label the middleweight world champion with numerous adjectives.

Perhaps the most fitting came from his promoter Tom Loeffler of K-2 Promotions: “He’s the most dangerous man on the planet with 18 consecutive knockouts,” said Loeffler to the crowd of media at the Palm Restaurant in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon.

Golovkin (31-0, 28 Kos) seeks to remain undefeated and retain his WBA, IBO and interim WBC world title when he faces Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) of the United Kingdom on Feb. 21, in Monaco. This past year many voted him Fighter of the Year, which could be seen as confirmation that the media views him as the most dangerous fighter too.

The middleweight division has multiple world titlists but most experts agree the real deal is Golovkin. And other middleweights of stature fear him.

“When Peter Quillin says there is not enough draw for him to fight… Ask him about Gennady selling out the StubHub. What does he have to do, sell out Dodger Stadium to prove what he’s done?” asked Abel Sanchez trainer of Golovkin.

Few give credence to Quillin’s assertions that Golovkin does not draw. On the contrary, Quillin does not draw and could not sell out the StubHub on his own name. But boxing politics being what they are, we probably will never know if Quillin can survive a Golovkin onslaught.

Sanchez named a few fighters that could prove exciting matchups for his fighter, including Miguel Cotto, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Carl Froch, Andre Ward and especially Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

“The fight I’ve always wanted to see is Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against Gennady. The reason being is back in 1991 my kid Terry Norris was offered to fight his father. He backed out. I would like to see their two styles, I think they would mesh really well,” said Sanchez about the matchup that almost took place last summer. “And Julio being as big as he’s going to be and having the chin his daddy gave him would make for a 12 round memorable, memorable fight.”

Golovkin doesn’t think about those possibilities. Only Murray interests the Kazakhstani.

“My focus is on Martin Murray right now. I think he will be one of my biggest challenges of my career. He’s stronger, he’s bigger and faster, and I will be ready for him,” Golovkin said. “I think it’s a great idea for the European style and Mexican style to be in Monaco and for everybody. I want to thank my fans and everybody.”

Though Golovkin doesn’t bother talking about future possibilities the boxing media and hardcore fans can’t help themselves. Maybe because Murray has less than a dozen knockouts and fights out of Europe. Few remember that Golovkin seemingly came out of nowhere several years ago from Europe.

Murray fought to a draw with long time champion Felix Sturm, who now fights at super middleweight. He lost to former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez by decision, despite knocking down the Argentine slickster in Buenos Aires.

“Martin Murray went 12 rounds with Felix Sturm and 12 with Sergio Martinez in front of 40,000 fans and a lot of people think he won. He’s not going to be scared of anything Gennady throws,” Sanchez said.

The media in Los Angeles was only concerned with the future possibilities.

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-Skibbz :

Martin isn't scared to go to someone's back yard in their largest stadium and fight them for their belt. He won't be cowed by Golovkin either and he will come to win, but does he have the skill to beat Golovkin... I'm not convinced. For me he's the most likely candidate to go 12 rounds with Golovkin, he's got the toughness and will to continue and they're going to be vital in this fight.


-Froggy :

Martin isn't scared to go to someone's back yard in their largest stadium and fight them for their belt. He won't be cowed by Golovkin either and he will come to win, but does he have the skill to beat Golovkin... I'm not convinced. For me he's the most likely candidate to go 12 rounds with Golovkin, he's got the toughness and will to continue and they're going to be vital in this fight.
This should be Golovkin's toughest fight so far and tougher than any fight that will follow this year !


-stormcentre :

Hmmmm I haven't had the chance to have a really good look at MM yet. But from what I have seen he looks to be a fighter (rather than a boxer) that possessed really good endurance, durability and stamina. Whereas 3G is - due to his amateur career - really a pure boxer that has adapted his professional style into what we could call being boxer/puncher. If I'm correct this means Golovkin is a bit of a chameleon and as such can slip in/out of each style in transit; perhaps accounting for how well he usually avoids decent incoming fire and gauges timing and distance (like a world class amateur boxer) to get into position, and then king hit (like a fighter). Based on what I see now, I can't see Murray lasting 12. His fighting style will be perfect for Gennady to punch through the gaps with, and his punch resistance, current frequency of match practice, experience, and stamina are not at 3G's level. By all accounts - and I reserve the right to change this if I see something else in MM's armory, because as I said I haven't had a really good look at him yet and from what I have seen he looks like a real tough character - he will probably find himself depleted of confidence after he gets hit and/or 5 or so rounds. That's unless he has worked out some form of defensive plan to resolve the fact that his head doesn't move much and is pretty much stationary when he throws - as opposed to 3G whom (I admit doesn't move his head much) looks to throw when either he himself is off line for his opponent or/and when targets are off balance, in compromising positions, or only have available to them a limited amount of counters. As a top class Amateur you will often soak up the advice of tens - if not more than a hundred - of really experienced trainers; in addition to your international experience. As a top class Pro you will often/usually soak up the advice of 3 to 5 really experienced trainers; in addition to any international experience you may or may not get. 3G - with his experience - could quite easily box and win his (recent) fights in a more stylistic and classy sense, where the performances are perhaps laced with somewhat of a "Rigondeaux or Mayweather" like texture; all wrapped up in Golovkin's own flavor of course. But (it seems) he knows that not only does all of that fancy fluffy stuff cost energy - it's also not as tightly connected to PPV sales and the big dollars as putting guys to sleep and being single mindedly destructive. Which coincidentally is usually both, what the fans want and 3G can deliver. I'm not sure Murray has the same stylistic options and/or dexterity as 3G, but if he can make him change his approach during the fight so that he visibly has to resort to the other abovementioned boxing dimensions, then that alone will be a good thing. The good things going for Murray are (aside from that mentioned above) his attitude, success rate, and that (unlike some of 3g's opponents) he seems to be a natural Middleweight. The bad things going for Murray are (aside from that mentioned above) that the best guys he has fought and struggled with have either ran from and avoided 3G, or been systematically bashed by him in the gym; or both. None of this means I don't like Murray. It just means that I am pretty confident of what types of skills and experience are required to beat a very successful Eastern Bloc amateur trained boxer that's successfully transitioned in being a 12 round professional fighter without a stamina or punch resistance liability.