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Exclusive: Murray expected catchweight for GGG v Brook

Phil Jay 22/07/2016

Former world title challenger Martin Murray has admitted that he thought any fight between Gennady Golovkin and Kell Brook would be made under the 160 pound limit.

Murray, who shared eleven rounds with Golovkin in February 2015 – was like most, expecting Golovkin to fight Chris Eubank Jr. on September 10 until promoter Eddie Hearn threw a huge curveball.

Even more startling for Murray was the fact that Brook would move up 13 pounds to face ‘GGG’ at the middleweight limit, leaving the St. Helens man doubting the welterweight champions ability to make a dent in Golovkin at two divisions higher.

“I just didn’t expect that fight at all,” Murray exclusively told World Boxing News.

“When it did get announced I was thinking it must be at a catchweight, because I know Kell is big for welter, but obviously it’s up at 160 and Golovkin is something else at middleweight. Golovkin is another level to anyone I have fought. He’s in a league of his own.

“Kell Brook is a top fighter and big for his weight so moving up was a natural progression for him, but going up two weights I just think It’s too much.

“I know first-hand what Golovkin is like, and believe me, Kell is in for a really tough fight.

“Fair play to Kell though for taking the chance. It’s a massively risky fight for him but you have to take these chances if you want to achieve big things in boxing,” he added.

Murray is contemplating his own next move whilst enjoying some time away with his family and mulling over whether to move back down to middleweight after six fights at 168 and above.