WBA Super world middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, 32, proved simply too good for St Helens’ Martin Murray, who battled bravely before being stopped after 50 seconds of the 11th round at the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Murray, 32, did not come merely to survive, but was often forced to clinch and hold in order to stem Glolovkin’s constant tide of punches. The fearsome Kazakh stalked Martin throughout and backed him up on the ropes, unleashing an array of dipping hooks to both head and body, as well as crunching uppercuts.
Despite being clearly outgunned, the bloodied and battered Murray courageously kept throwing leather until the end. He survived two knockdowns in the fourth round – both from vicious body shots – and also made it back to his feet in the 10th after being floored by a right to the head just before the bell.