Middleweight world title challenger Martin Murray has been putting in hard graft this week as the Briton spends time training in South Africa.
Murray, who is promoted by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves outfit, meets formidable WBA and IBO champion Gennady Golovkin on February 21 in Monaco, Monte Carlo in a third attempt to claim a recognized belt.
The 32 year-old previously missed out on winning the WBA and WBC titles against Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez respectively and heads into the Golovkin bout once again as the underdog.
Despite failing to dethrone either Sturm or Martinez on German and Argentinian soil, Murray gave both a torrid time and was highly unlucky not to be awarded the victory in one or even both of the contests.
Opponent Golovkin, also 32, has never lost in 31 outings since turning pro and can boast the top KO ratio in the world at the weight. The big punching Kazakh has been voted the WBN Fighter of the Year for the past two years running and holds victories over the likes of Matthew Macklin, Daniel Geale and more recently Marco Antonio Rubio.
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