WBA middleweight titlist Gennady Golovkin, who decimated Matthew Macklin last Saturday (June 28) via a third round KO, has another UK fighter in his sights with recent world title challenger Martin Murray, who Golovkin hopes to face on November 2 at Madison Square Garden.
In an interview with World Boxing News, Golovkin manager Oleg Hermann confirmed a preliminary offer has already been made to Murray’s camp.
“Gennady has already said that he wants to fight Martin Murray next,” stated Hermann. “The problem is, we are told that Martin has big problems with his United States visa and cannot go to America. If he can get his visa and wants this fight, we have a date on November 2 and we can make this big fight happen at Madison Square Garden. As yet, we have had no answers back from Murray or his team on this matter.”
Murray’s last fight took place in Argentina, where he suffered his first defeat in dropping a disputed decision to middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Due to having a criminal record, Murray has had problems obtaining a visa for the United States, which notably caused him to drop out of a potential fight with Julio Cesar Chavez .
Golovkin has scored three KO wins so far in 2013 and hopes to fight twice more before the end of the year.
This is good for everyone in involved, as it allows Golovkin to further build his name on the back of a solid opponent, and Murray another crack at a title he so richly deserves after arguably beating Martinez. Whether this fight happens is largely predicated on Murray’s visa, and how the Daniel Geale vs. Darren Baker fight turns out. All three would be good opponents and Golovkin would likely knockout each one, making the hype for a showdown with Martinez or even a Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin at a high pitch for 2014.
It does look like Triple G will fall short of his five fight plan for 2013 unless he can squeeze in a stay-busy fight somewhere around September. Hell, someone see what Jeff Lacy, Peter Manfredo Jr. or someone like that is doing that month.