Gennady “GGG” Golovkin put an 11-round thrashing on Martin Murray in Monte Carlo. | Photo: Will Hart/HBO Boxing
One of boxing’s brightest, most popular stars was able to remain unbeaten as Gennady Golovkin put a beating on Martin Murray in the main event of HBO Boxing's Saturday telecast.
Golovkin upped his consecutive knockout streak to a whopping 19 in Monte Carlo as he pummeled the Brit from pillar to post. Murray hung tough for as long as he could, but he eventually succumbed to the ruthless punching power of “GGG.”
It seemed as though the mauling was going to end in the fourth when Murray was raked by a vicious right to the stomach and dropped to his knees. He crawled back to his feet and once he was allowed to continue, the Englishman was welcomed with a ferocious onslaught of punishment until a crumbled heap along the ropes was the result.
Murray was able to survive the stanza and stood his ground for several more rounds; his jab and movement kept him afloat in the shark-infested waters. But late in the 10th, a bloodied and swollen Murray was force-fed two powerful right hands, the second of which slammed him onto his back. Again, Murray showed the resilience of titanium and crawled back to his feet.
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Thankfully the mugging came to end the following frame when veteran referee Luis Pabon pulled Golovkin off after administering two more lethal right hands. Murray never protested as he sagged into the corner, the official time of the TKO coming at 2:10 of the 11th, allowing Golovkin to bolster his remarkable pro ledger to 32-0 (29 KOs).
It’s been no secret that the rest of the elite fighters in and around GGG’s middleweight division aren’t too keen on tangoing with him, but considering how long it took the knockout artist to take out Murray -- now 29-2-1 -- maybe some will think they see a chink in the armor.
“I hope Miguel Cotto [is next],” Golovkin declared after the bout. “I want Cotto because he has the WBC belt. Then I want to fight all the other middleweights and get all the belts in the middleweight division.”
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