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Martin Murray complains of visa problems; Golovkin fight not likely

murray66By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBA, Martin Murray (25-1-1, 11 KO’s) says he has visa problems at the moment that he needs to take care of before he can start thinking about facing the likes of talented WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (27-0, 24 KO’s).

Golovkin’s manager is interested in putting a fight together between Golovkin at the #1 WBA, Martin Murray for November in a fight that would be televised by HBO, but unfortunately it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen unless Murray can take care of his visa problems.

Murray said in an interview with Livefight, “I’ve not been told of an offer. A date of November 2 is the first I’ve heard. I’ve not been told anything. If they said they want to fight me then that’s fair enough but I’ve still got visa issues to sort out…he’s not fought anyone like myself. That’s when you’ll see the best of me.”

Well, you kind of look at Murray’s visa problems as a potential savior for him, because he would be really in a bad situation if he were to face Golovkin. Murray may have done a good job of covering up for 12 rounds and blocking shots in losing to WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez last April, but Golovkin is a different story.

Murray could cover up the same way he did against Martinez, but it wouldn’t likely help him unless Murray can grow a second set up arms to cover up his body for 12 rounds. I thought Murray did a great job of covering up his head against Martinez to blocks shots, but I thought Murray did a lousy job on offense.

Murray didn’t throw enough punches, as he hit behind his guard for 12 rounds. Murray would have to drop his guard against Golovkin to cover up his midsection because Golovkin actually throws body punches, unlike Martinez, who is strictly a head-hunter.

Murray’s visa problems are probably a good thing for him. I mean, he won’t get a big payday against Golovkin, and that’s bad, but he also won’t get knocked out by him, so that’s good.

I think Murray has great defense when it comes to blocking head shots, but it’s a whole different story when it comes to trying to protect his body from Golovkin. Murray can’t use his guard to block both areas at once and as soon as he drops his guard, Murray will get tagged in the head by Golovkin and knocked out. If Murray chooses to fight with his high guard, Golovkin will puncture his midsection with a hard body shot and send down on the canvas in agony similar to how Golovkin recently knocked out Matthew Macklin.

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