Martin Murray thinks he can beat Golovkin
By Scott Gilfoid: #1 WBA Martin Murray (25-1-1, 11 KO’s) recently had the chance to fight WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his title, but instead Murray down the fight and went in a safer direction in facing journeyman Sergey Khomitsky (28-9-2, 11 KO’s) this Saturday night at the ExCel Arena, Dockland, London. But despite turning down the fight with Golovkin, Murray is saying he thinks he can beat him.
It’s hard to understand Murray’s logic. If he actually believes he can beat Golovkin, then what in the heck is Murray doing fighting a journeyman like Khomitsky? Murray Already fought this guy in 2009 and beat him by an unimpressive 8 round decision, and now he’s fighting him again for some reason. It doesn’t make sense.
Murray said via fightnews “I’d definitely be up for a fight with Golovkin. I think I can beat anyone on my day, including Golovkin. I truly believe that. I want that fight, but when it comes around I want to be a big as it can be to generate the most money. Golovkin is definitely I’m looking at as a future opponent. I think he looked better than he really is against Macklin.”
I honestly don’t see how a Golovkin vs. Murray fight can wind up as a big affair with Murray getting beaten by Sergio Martinez and then fighting journeyman that he’s already beaten before in the past. Just how exactly does fighting a guy like Khomitsky for a second time make a Golovkin-Murray fight bigger? I just don’t see the logic in this kind of matchmaking, I really don’t.
Unless Murray is counting on the British boxing public not having a clue about Khomitsky’s lack of credentials, I think he’s wasting his time with this fight, because it’s taking Murray’s career backwards instead of forwards. Murray is no spring chicken at 31, which is why it doesn’t seem like the brightest idea for him to be fighting the kind of low level opposition he was facing four years ago. This match-up reeks of fear on Murray’s part.
I don’t think Murray has any chance of ever beating Golovkin. I know Murray is a middleweight the size of a super middleweight, but I just see the guy as someone that covers up most of the time and throws a sporadic shot here and there. He’s got the sparring partner type of fighting style, and Golovkin would just eat Murray up with body shots and leave him on the canvas in two or three rounds grabbing his belly and moaning in pain the same way Macklin did when he fought Golovkin. I don’t see Murray even making it to the 3rd round like Macklin, because he’s not a mobile fighter.