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Exclusive: Murray takes no pride in going most rounds, predicts Golovkin cleaning up at 168 too

Phil Jay 27/07/2016

Naoki Fukuda

Former two-weight world title challenger Martin Murray sees Gennady Golovkin as ‘pretty much an untouchable’ force between 160 and 168 pounds.

Murray, who has competed at the highest level in both categories in the past two years, went eleven bruising rounds with Golovkin in February 2015 but came off worse for his trouble in Monte Carlo.

Through Golovkin’s 35-fight winning run, Murray has so far taken the heavy-hitting Kazakh the longest out of all comers, although the St. Helens man was bullish when asked by WBN if he takes any pride from his 30 minute and 50 second spell trading blows with the middleweight king.

“Not really, I mean other people seem to take pride in me lasting the longest with Golovkin and always go on about it, and I kind of get respect from people for that – but at the end of the day I lost.” Murray exclusively told World Boxing News.

“It’s not something I’ll hold my hands up to and say, ‘Yes. I lasted the longest with Golovkin’ because of how it went in the end.”

Golovkin takes on surprise choice Kell Brook in September defending his clutch of belts at 160, but Murray can’t see the welterweight champion, nor anyone at the higher super middleweight limit, putting a dent in the perfect record ‘GGG’ currently boasts.

“I think for anyone to have a chance of beating him, Golovkin will have to up in weight a lot,” he said. “But saying that – out of every one of the champions at 168, I don’t see any one them beating him either. They just don’t have the style to beat him.

“The way you beat Golovkin is to take the centre of the ring and put him on the back foot. But even then, his range, timing and his boxing ability come into it. People don’t see that he can box on the back foot too.

“I think going up to 175 there are a couple in Kovalev and Ward that may give him problems but at the moment GGG is pretty much untouchable and I can’t see anybody beating him,” added Murray.