GOOD BOY WITH BAD INTENTIONS; Golovkin Beats Murray, TKO11

The face and the demeanor are an incongruent juxtaposition, and it makes for a fascinating study in a dichotomy when Gennady Golovkin, the pleasant-faced man from Kazakhstan, who has the highest KO percentage of any middleweight champ in history, does his fistic fury thing in a ring.

We saw it again on Saturday, when he did the job on Martin Murray, a Brit who was on paper supposed to be his sternest test. Indeed he was, going down twice in the fourth, but stunning many of us with his recuperative powers. He went to the mat in the tenth, off a right, and we wondered if he did what he wanted to do, go the distance. Not so; a nasty right cross in the 11th had the ref pull the plug.

Golovkin had to work hard for the win, but his foe deserves more than ample credit. His heart is bigger than is perhaps healthy for him. The end came at 2:10 of round 11, and it was a great stop, as his hands had dropped and he could have been really hurt.

GGG went 292-816 to 131-469 for the man I don’t want to call a loser. Man, there should be a column for HEART on BoxRec…

After, Golovkin was asked by Kellerman who he wanted next. A unification bout, against Miguel Cotto, he said.

The bout took place in Monaco, on the French Riviera, with Golovkin described as “perhaps the most feared” man in the sport by HBO’s Jim Lampley.

Lampley worked the show on site, with Max Kellerman and Roy Jones. Golovkin (31-0 with 27 KOs) is 32, was 158.9 to 159.9 for the 30-year-old Murray.

Last times gloving up, GGG beat down Daniel Geale, and Aussie, a KO3 victim, and then took out Marco Rubio in round two. He generally turns legs to jelly, and makes brain pans rattle in alarming fashion. Murray knew that coming in; he’d given great account of himself vs. Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez a couple years ago, so he could be considered not 29-1-1 (12 Kos), but 31-0.

In the first, Murray was busier as GGG scouted. He opened up in the last third. Trainer Abel Sanchez called the first a “very, very good round.”

In the second, Murray landed two rights early. He tied up, smartly, as well. He fought smart and confidently, and his right hand was working. Sanchez asked for uppercuts placed smartly. CompuBox saw 20-14 Murray edge in power shots after two.

In the third, Murray showed good hand speed, and was fine working back to the ropes, then sliding off, and often clinching. He ate some left hooks to the body, and a right cross by GGG looked solid. A right buzzed Murray late, and the bell might have helped him.

The jab was setting things up well for GGG.

In the fourth, Murray answered with body work, but his power didn’t bother GGG. Murray tried to grab and clinch with no luck now. A body shot sent Murray down, at 1:10. He was up and GGG sent him down again. 41 seconds were left. He made it to the end.

In the fifth, GGG threw and Murray fended him off, or tried to. His nose bleeding, he tried to run, hold, answer some, and did well to stay aloft. He perked up, and landed body shots, and looked to land sneaky-quick rights. GGG stalked, so patient, so nasty. “We’re back in the fight,” the Murray corner told him.

In the sixth, Murray started out strong. Props to him for recuperating so well…He was jabbing, and slipping some shots, and again clinching to good effect. GGG landed around the guard, then used uppercuts. GGG was 154-69 in punches landed to this point.

In the seventh, GGG stalked, ever patient but persistent. Murray landed the left hook to the body, a few times, but his power ain’t Golovkin-esque. A counter right had Murray fans jazzed after he ate too many shots, and it looked like his hands were dropping. In the eighth, the sneaky jab bothered MM, but his spirit shone through. He was there and wouldn’t be dismissed without a monumental effort by GGG. Little left uppers, thrown so effortlessly, landed on MM, who worked back to the ropes so often. He went down, and it wasn’t ruled a knockdown. It was pure fatigue…He amazingly made it to the end of the round.

In the ninth, GGG attacked, as blood on Murray’s face spread. Little jabs, then power shots…Murray landed an answer right, bless his soul, in the last minute.

In the 10th, GGG stalked, and Murray countered a few times, keeping the plug from being pulled. He slipped shots, moved, reset, blocked, tried to counter, and did it again, while GGG stayed busy. Murray went down late, off a right, and made it to the corner. In the 11th, the first 11th for GGG. A nasty right had ref Luis Pabon stepping in…That was it.

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

Wow. GGG fights like a terminator. Murray has a huge heart and good skills. I think Murray would take out Quillin and give Cotto a stiff test. Good fight. Prince Albert in a can.


-Froggy :

Wow. GGG fights like a terminator. Murray has a huge heart and good skills. I think Murray would take out Quillin and give Cotto a stiff test. Good fight. Prince Albert in a can.
I don't think Cotto will ever fight a real middleweight, if he does it sure won't be Murray !


-The Good Doctor :

I don't think Cotto will ever fight a real middleweight, if he does it sure won't be Murray !
You are 100% right and why should he? He calls shots in 90% of his matchmaking and he is not even close to a real middleweight in size. In his times when he is not training, dude is barely a 154lb'er.


-amayseng :

GGG is a straight killer.... I told my girl that before the fight started. By round nine she said something like, "jeez, he just never stops coming....do you think he feels bad for him, he is just letting him punch him like it is nothing..."


-Domenic :

I don't think Cotto will ever fight a real middleweight, if he does it sure won't be Murray !
Agreed 100%.


-mortcola :

Golovkin’s chin and offensive IQ are remarkable. However, as exposed in this fight, he is very easy to hit with combinations, which was no big deal against an ordinary puncher like Murray. However, we can now see the way Glolovkin could be exposed by another top boxer-puncher.


-Domenic :

Golovkin’s chin and offensive IQ are remarkable. However, as exposed in this fight, he is very easy to hit with combinations, which was no big deal against an ordinary puncher like Murray. However, we can now see the way Glolovkin could be exposed by another top boxer-puncher.
I think Golovkin felt Murray's best early, and/or simply measured him up, and knew MM couldn't dent him offensively. But you're right, against a banger, Golovkin won't have that luxury. But man oh man, I admire Golovkin. This cat is a BEAST.


-stormcentre :

Murray V Cotto or even Canelo of Kirkwood might be a good fight.


-the Roast :

Murray showed tremendous heart to last as long as he did. 3G had no respect for his punching power and did what he pleased. Always stalking, always keeping the pressure on. Banging the body like JC Chavez did back in the day. I think you guys are underestimating Cotto. Cotto might be too small to get it done but he knows how to fight on the inside. Cotto is out of options now that Canelo and Floyd have other fights. Time to get in with GGG. Go out with a blaze of glory or maybe shock the world. Murray was durable today but Cotto would beat him from pillar to post. No real money for Cotto fighting Murray. Time is the tyrant for Miguel. Time to go big or go home.


-stormcentre :

Murray showed tremendous heart to last as long as he did. 3G had no respect for his punching power and did what he pleased. Always stalking, always keeping the pressure on. Banging the body like JC Chavez did back in the day. I think you guys are underestimating Cotto. Cotto might be too small to get it done but he knows how to fight on the inside. Cotto is out of options now that Canelo and Floyd have other fights. Time to get in with GGG. Go out with a blaze of glory or maybe shock the world. Murray was durable today but Cotto would beat him from pillar to post. No real money for Cotto fighting Murray. Time is the tyrant for Miguel. Time to go big or go home.
Yep good call Roast. But, and it is a big Butt, if you will excuse my silly suggestive overtones and other unnecessary inferences there is the caveat. And the caveat is; what has Cotto got left and from which of his recent fights can we ascertain this? That's the issue I have whenever I think of seriously placing Miguel in these kinds of discussions. The Cotto that fought Margarito would give 3G a lot of trouble - so - probably - would Margarito in his upper-weight heyday. Cotto's well timed jab and power punching approach would not be (as) good (as recent times) for Gennady. As Gennady himself punches, with not just power - but in a rhythm (where for a few milliseconds after punching he waits and checks the play before continuing, and) that promotes hesitation in his opponents due to the fact it is not (as) easy to time and/or counter for some guys; unless they want to take the chance of having their counter countered. And that kind of approach is not unfamiliar to Cotto as he used to do a similar thing. Did you like the Murray V 3G fight?


-mortcola :

I think Golovkin felt Murray's best early, and/or simply measured him up, and knew MM couldn't dent him offensively. But you're right, against a banger, Golovkin won't have that luxury. But man oh man, I admire Golovkin. This cat is a BEAST.
I was thinking the same thing - with as huge an amateur career as he has, he must know his own chin, and just decided to ignore a lot of Murray's efforts. However, though he was never rocked, he was clearly bothered and had his work rate and accuracy dialed down during Murray's flurries. I think a bigger puncher either shows him a level of pain he has not had to face yet, and/or turns his attack either more tentative or more sloppy - he is going to get tested. If he turns out to be a contemporary mix of Chavez and Hagler, with comparable chin, then he becomes an ATG. But, could he have taken a Jon Mugabi or Thomas Hearns bomb the way Hagler did? Or does he suddenly, and catastrophically, discover his own limits? Who out there is going to test him like that? When you have a talent like that in the ring, and you love the sport, you can't wait to see the answer to that question play out.


-the Roast :

Yep good call Roast. But, and it is a big Butt, if you will excuse my silly suggestive overtones and other unnecessary inferences there is the caveat. And the caveat is; what has Cotto got left and from which of his recent fights can we ascertain this? That's the issue I have whenever I think of seriously placing Miguel in these kinds of discussions. The Cotto that fought Margarito would give 3G a lot of trouble - so - probably - would Margarito in his upper-weight heyday. Cotto's well timed jab and power punching approach would not be (as) good (as recent times) for Gennady. As Gennady himself punches, with not just power - but in a rhythm (where for a few milliseconds after punching he waits and checks the play before continuing, and) that promotes hesitation in his opponents due to the fact it is not (as) easy to time and/or counter for some guys; unless they want to take the chance of having their counter countered. And that kind of approach is not unfamiliar to Cotto as he used to do a similar thing. Did you like the Murray V 3G fight?
I did enjoy the fight. I will admit to playing a few rounds of Trivia Crack in the 8th and 9th rounds.


-gibola :

Congratulations to Martin Murray for a brave effort and for conducting himself so well before, during and after the fight. Love Golovkin but I see a puncher with a bit of grit having a real shot at taking GGG out or at least making it a 50-50 slugfest. Think a Kostya Tszyu v Vince Phillips type upset. Steve Collins was analysing on TV in the UK and he was spot on - he said he was impressed but he didn't see an unbeatable fighter, he felt the way to beat him was to be physical, don't back up to the ropes, deny GGG the distance he likes. Easier said than done I agree but Collins did it twice to Nigel Benn so he knows what he's talking about. Backing up on the ropes (even if it isn't your intention) isn't going to work.


-The Commish :

Murray showed tremendous heart to last as long as he did. 3G had no respect for his punching power and did what he pleased. Always stalking, always keeping the pressure on. Banging the body like JC Chavez did back in the day. I think you guys are underestimating Cotto. Cotto might be too small to get it done but he knows how to fight on the inside. Cotto is out of options now that Canelo and Floyd have other fights. Time to get in with GGG. Go out with a blaze of glory or maybe shock the world. Murray was durable today but Cotto would beat him from pillar to post. No real money for Cotto fighting Murray. Time is the tyrant for Miguel. Time to go big or go home.
Cotto made that bed himself. He elected to build up his legacy and go after the fading, aging, broken-down Sergio Martinez and become Middleweight Champ--the lineal champ, no less. No that he has the title, what does he do with it. As you say, Cotto is out of options. GGG wants him. My guess is, the fight will be made. Cotto will go out with guns blazing. -Randy G.


-the Roast :

Cotto made that bed himself. He elected to build up his legacy and go after the fading, aging, broken-down Sergio Martinez and become Middleweight Champ--the lineal champ, no less. No that he has the title, what does he do with it. As you say, Cotto is out of options. GGG wants him. My guess is, the fight will be made. Cotto will go out with guns blazing. -Randy G.
Hindsight being what it is, Cotto and Canelo are probably both wishing they had signed to fight each other. In the wake of MayPac, Cotto is left to fight the ultra dangerous 3G and Canelo gets a meaningless fight with Kirkland. They both know now they should have come to terms on what would have been a 50/50 match up. Cotto isn't getting any younger. We can't fault him for rolling the dice and fighting Sergio. Most people thought Sergio would be too much for Cotto. Miguel pulled the upset but now what the hell is he going to do with that belt?


-SouthPaul :

Cotto would be on a suicide mission if he stepped into ring with GGG. It would resemble himself vs Paulie Malignaggi and Cotto would play the role of Paulie. Cotto would get smashed that badly. It's an epic mismatch. And I can't see him or his management daring to be that great...not any time soon. Specially when he has the potential options of fighting winner of PAC, Mayweather or more likely the winner of Canelo vs Kirkland and a bunch of other very winnable and much more lucrative paydays. GGG makes no sense and it'll come up cents short in comparison to the aforementioned match ups.


-SouthPaul :

I'm actually shocked you guys think he's out of options. He can hang tight and grab the September mexican independence date and likely do so against Canelo. And if not Canelo then some other Mexican fighter. Cotto got plenty of options! Winnable ones too. Its also shocking you think he has any chance to win that bout. GGG will ring ravish Miguel! He ain't messing with that match up not even for mucho dinero. And I'm a Cotto fan. He's on my list of favorite fighters but ain't no way he can hang with GGG. Look at the beating a smaller man in PAC put on him.....now envision a big strong guy like GGG? Lmfao. It's absurd!


-The Commish :

Cotto would be on a suicide mission if he stepped into ring with GGG. It would resemble himself vs Paulie Malignaggi and Cotto would play the role of Paulie. Cotto would get smashed that badly. It's an epic mismatch. And I can't see him or his management daring to be that great...not any time soon. Specially when he has the potential options of fighting winner of PAC, Mayweather or more likely the winner of Canelo vs Kirkland and a bunch of other very winnable and much more lucrative paydays. GGG makes no sense and it'll come up cents short in comparison to the aforementioned match ups.
Well said, except for the fact I must disagree with your last line. A fight against GGG, though non-winnable for Cotto, will pay him far more than will a fight against either Canelo or Kirkland. High-placed sources at both HBO and Top Rank attest to that. Cotto knows his top three options are, in terms of a lucrative payday, against: 1. Floyd Mayweather 2. GGG 3. Canelo Alvarez Canelo would be the lower of the three paydays, but the most-winnable of the three fights. GGG is a huge payday, possibly more than Mayweather, but a total non-winnable fight, one in which he which he gets busted up three different ways--wide, deep and often--and probably sent into retirement. A rematch against Mayweather is his best option: A phenomenal payday and 12 rounds of qcquitting himself very well in a decision-losing effort. But to climb in against GGG? Ever watch someone commit suicide? It's not a pretty sight! -Randy G.


-SouthPaul :

The Commish The Canelo, Cotto bout is an extraordinary money making event, IMO. I can't see a GGG bout exceeding it. What am I missing? The Shadow, I'd like you to weigh in on this topic. You know the boxing business well so I'm interested in your thoughts, which fight makes more dollars for Cotto?