Three-time world middleweight title challenger Martin Murray is convinced he was beaten by the world’s best fighter of the future in formidable puncher Gennady Golovkin.
The 32 year-old Brit was stopped late on in his bid to claim Golovkin’s WBA and IBO 160lb titles in Monte Carlo on February 21, but has been gracious in defeat since losing for only the second time in his career to the Kazakh.
“Obviously the fight was tough but I gave it my all and there wasn’t much more I could do,” Murray told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I can accept the defeat as I got beaten by a better man and I have just got to move on with my career now.
“Me and Oliver Harrison expected it to be tough. We knew we were going to have to go through some pain and that’s what we had to do was get through it. Even though it was that tough, we did actually think we were going to win and that’s why we were there until the ref pulled us out.
“It was a great learning fight for me and I am more hopeful than ever now that I am going to become world champion.”
On the current world standing of ‘GGG,’ Murray added: “I don’t think there is anybody at middleweight who would beat him. He might come up against tougher fights if he moves up in weight, but I believe I was his toughest fight at middleweight and he obviously proved that he was better than me on Saturday.
“Golovkin is definitely a future pound for pound king and should already be in the pound for pound rankings, in my opinion.”
Finally, when speaking on his own future, Murray stated that he’s had no thoughts of retiring and will be back in the ring soon in a bid to fulfil his dream of becoming world champion.
“I’m 32, but I turned professional late and have still got plenty of time. That was my first real war in 32 fights so there are plenty of fights left in me.
“I’ll just have a well-deserved rest now and then get back winning and hopefully another shot will come up,” he added.