Widely acclaimed WBA/IBO/WBC middleweight champ Gennady GGG Golovkin, 31-0, 28 KO, looks to mug Martin Murray, 29-1-1, 13 KO, this Saturday, February 21 at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo. Thankfully HBO is willing to go international to cover the best fighters, ie Golovkin in this case.
Though their records are somewhat close, this fight is most likely a stylistic nightmare for Murray who is light in the power department and heavily dependent on a ring centered, low volume, counter punching style. Though Murray has never been knocked out, it’s almost inevitable that at very least the ref will be forced to step in to prevent anymore damage.
However, fighters are not always at their best in the moment and therein is the hope of Murray, that Golovkin will be off physically and mentally on the night.
The supporting card features British heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury, 14-0, 8 KO, up against Ukrainian prospect Andriy Rudenko, 26-1, 16 KO. The 20 year old Hughie is, of course, cousin and training partner of top heavyweight contender Tyson Fury. He’s making a comeback of sorts, his first fight since May of 2014 after reportedly becoming seriously ill and then suffering a death in the family when his uncle Hughie passed.
Rudenko was a developing nicely until he lost to Lucas Browne last year, so this also represents a comeback for him of sorts. Last year at their bests they would have been competitive with each other, but it’s hard to judge now given their setbacks other than the fight is likely heavy on action.