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Martin Murray will not be scared of Gennady Golovkin but will be beaten, says Glenn McCrorry
But he will be GGG's toughest test to date...
Last Updated: 19/02/15 4:02pm
Martin Murray is taking on one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet in the shape of Gennady Golovkin, so Glenn McCrory tries his hardest to find a way for him to win and become a world champion at last...
Down the years those sort of fighters, that frighten the life out of the opponent - and us - have been few and far between. Mike Tyson obviously, but other than that?
Gennady Golovkin brings another layer into the ring. Fear.
Down the years those sort of fighters that frighten the life out of the opponent - and us - have been few and far between. Mike Tyson obviously, but other than that? Marvin Hagler. But recently? None.
Yet all of a sudden we have this smiling, polite, nice guy... but when he is in that ring, he suddenly has that scary presence and all of a sudden he is frightening and formidable.
Add his knockout record then you can understand why people like Matthew Macklin may well have lost their fight long before that bell sounds.
But you know what? Martin Murray will not be scared. Not one little bit. This is a lad that is tough, hard as nails and is mentally strong. If Martin takes a battering - as he might - he will take it. Everyone is already saying that he will give Golovkin his toughest test to date.
I wish that was going to make a massive difference to the outcome but if I am honest, it is not what Murray is going to do, it will be what Golovkin lets him do. If there is one guy who is going to give him a real test, try and take the play and fight away from him, it's Murray.
I've been trying to work out how he beats him, what weaknesses he can work on; is he going to fight? Is he going to box? Well, we know he has good basics, we know he's tough and will be in the best shape of his life so maybe he is going to be the first man to to push Golovkin back.
He likes to come forward, swarm all over the opponent but we don't know how good he is on the back foot. No-one has managed to force him back but it goes much deeper than that; Murray has to bully him, win hard and win ugly, IF he can. And that's a big, big if!
Staying positive, he should've won a world title before, certainly against Sergio Martinez, then maybe against Felix Sturm, so he is up there at the world-class level. Well, he's going to have to go up another level to beat Golovkin.
I hope he does but I just can't see Golovkin losing to anyone at middleweight, I really can't. He's got all the tools and I think this could be a late and brave stoppage, with Murray probably still on his feet, just taking a barrage. Maybe the middle to late rounds.