Gennady Golovkin vs Martin Murray 2/21/15 - Boxing World Middleweight Championship Preview, Odds, and Prediction
Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KO's) vs Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KO's)
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 5:45 pm (Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo)
Golovkin -2500 / Martin Murray +1200 - Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs), the murderous punching, reigning middleweight champion from Kazakhstan, defends his WBA version of the title on Saturday, February 21st in Monte Carlo against the durable Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KOs) St Helens, England. Thankfully for fight fans the bout will be shown live on HBO beginning at 5:45 PM ET.
Reports out of South Africa, where Murray and his team have been training, indicate that he’s had the best camp of his career. He’ll definitely need that and then some if he expects to be even mildly competitive against Golovkin. The champion, still holding at an astronomical -2500 in most sports books (Murray backers can get +1000), will not be looking past the Brit as he knows that big fights, and bigger paydays loom down the road. Also, Golovkin is a consummate professional in that he takes the sport seriously, doesn’t get distracted, and by all accounts trains for the Martin Murrays of the world in the same manner he would for a Miguel Cotto or an Andre Ward.
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While I admire Murray for taking the fight and respect the fact that in a neutral setting he probably would have received the nod over former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, whom he lost to in April of 2013 (unanimous decision in Buenos Aires, Argentina), the fact is that his lack of punching power will ultimately be his undoing. The guy that beats a Golovkin will either be an Andre Ward type - someone who can frustrate the Kazakh fighter with boxing skill, speed, and movement, or a Sergey Kovalev who, like Golovkin, can end a fight at any moment with crunching power. A guy like Murray is simply unable to outbox Golovkin and doesn’t have the power to gain Golovkin’s respect. Therefore, I envision a fight where Murray has sporadic moments of success early on, however the body work of Golovkin will begin to pay dividends, slowing Murray down, allowing Golovkin to land his big shots upstairs to the point where Murray’s corner or referee will call a halt to the contest somewhere late in the 8th round.