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Murray’s manager: ‘Serious talks’ held on Golovkin fight, but Spada first

Phil Jay 23/10/2014

Middleweight contender Martin Murray’s manager Andrew Mikhail has exclusively confirmed to WBN that ‘serious talks’ have been held with Gennady Golovkin’s team about a fight in February 2015.

Mikhail, who is currently with Murray in Monaco as the WBC silver champion prepares to defend his title against Domenico Spada, outlined that fans can expect some ‘big news’ following Saturday night’s clash in Monte Carlo, although was cautious about his fighter’s upcoming test.

“There has been serious talks held about Martin fighting Golovkin in February, but we can’t look past this Saturday,” Mikhail told World Boxing News.

“I think Spada is a tough rugged character with plenty of experience and another step up from Martin’s last win over Max Bursak.”

When Murray signed with Golden Gloves in March, some eyebrows were raised as to the direction the Briton was taking, but with promoter Rodney Berman’s ties to Golovkin, a future clash between the two was always a possibility.

“The plan has always been to rebuild Martin up from his inactivity to a huge fight and Rodney Berman had done exactly what we agreed and more all those months ago.

“What many thought was a strange path I was advising Martin to go down is starting to make total sense. He’s been paid the money by Golden Gloves that he has been robbed of by the way of very controversial decisions in the past and been given a step up each fight.

“It’s now time to show the world once again how good he really is with an expected audience of 14 million across the world and payback Golden Gloves and Rodney Berman for the calculated gamble they made on him.”

In Murray’s way of a huge world title battle with Golovkin is tough and experienced Italian Spada who has only been stopped once in 44 fights, but has failed to make the grade at world level in the past.

The 34 year-old should be a routine victory for Murray, 32, if the St Helens man is to be given any chance at all of ending Golovkin’s amazing KO run early next year and Mikhail believes this will be the case at the weekend.

“The cob webs are well and truly off now and Martin is fitter and stronger than I’ve ever seen him. His mental strength has never changed and I wish I just had half of it!

“Spada is a very difficult fighter to look good against as his style is terrible and I am expecting him to try and drag Martin down to his level, but Martin has too much experience to let him do that.

“I expect a Murray win and the public to see why he’s one of the top four middleweights in the world. He’s got a job to do with Spada and then you can expect big news!” he added.

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