HBO Showing Golovkin-Murray Saturday, 5:45 PM ET




Perhaps the sport’s most feared fighter, middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin has built a powerhouse reputation by demonstrating a willingness to take on any challenge and displaying an intriguing array of skills, highlighted by stunning knockout power.

Now, the Kazakhstan native makes his highly anticipated 2015 debut when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: GENNADY GOLOVKIN VS. MARTIN MURRAY is seen SATURDAY, FEB. 21 at 5:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Salle des Etoiles in glittering Monte Carlo, exclusively on HBO, with a replay later that night on HBO at 10:15 p.m. (ET/PT). The HBO Sports team will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

In the 13th defense of his middleweight crown, 32-year-old Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs), originally from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and now training at Big Bear, Cal., meets the formidable Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) from St Helens, Merseyside, United Kingdom in a scheduled 12-round contest. Currently boasting a knockout victory streak of 18, Golovkin has taken the boxing world by storm with an extraordinary knockout-to-win ratio of better than 90%. No opponent has gone the distance with him since Nov. 2008, and the average length of his pro bouts is 4.6 rounds; his three 2014 fights ended in the seventh, third and second rounds. Trained by the highly regarded Abel Sanchez, Golovkin will be making his seventh appearance on HBO since his auspicious debut in Sept. 2012.

Murray, 32, is a seasoned pro willing to accept any challenge, at any location. He battled titleholder Felix Sturm to a hard-fought draw in Mannheim, Germany, and fought Sergio Martinez before a raucous partisan crowd in Argentina, resulting in what some saw as a questionable loss. In October, Murray won in impressive fashion against Domenico Spada in Monte Carlo.

The telecast from Monte Carlo continues HBO’s initiative of presenting high-caliber fights from Europe in the late-Saturday afternoon time slot. In the past two years, HBO Boxing visited London, Moscow and Hamburg for world-class title action.

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The executive producer of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Jon Crystal; director, Johnathan Evans.



-The Commish :

Martin Murray is a solid, world-class middleweight contender. For GGG, this is a legitimate title defense. It is so much a legitimate defense, IMHO, that I am prepared to put GGG as the #1 fighter in my own PxP ratings (something we tried to do here, but lack of interest kept that from happening). So, sorry, fans of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. I know you feel your guy should be #1, but that just can't be the case any more. Neither is active enough or been impressive enough to hold down the top two spots. So, if GGG wins impressively against Murray, the change will be made on my personal PxP ratings. Also, whenAndre Ward gets back into action, I will probably reinstate him at #2. It is quite possible, that by the end of this year, $$$May and Manny Pacquiao will not even be among my first FIVE! -Randy G.

-michigan400 :

And if Floyd or Manny has a problem with being bumped in your ratings,, they can just get in the ring and fight GGG to prove you wrong!! Fantasy, I know. If either fought him instead of the other, I would not complain one bit. I'm looking forward to the "GGG era" to come. And it IS coming sooner or later. A composed champ who wants tough fights and can bang with the best of 'em!! What a change that will be!! And hopefully, in the not so distant future, we can even see him on free TV!! Another fantasy,, I know.