Martin Murray will get another crack at a major middleweight title after scoring a seventh round technical decision over Domenico Spada in Monte Carlo on Saturday.
THE SHORTENED FIGHT: Murray opted to box mostly off the backfoot and use his superior height and reach to pepper the wild-rushing Spada with jabs and straight rights. Their styles lead to a lot of awkward clinching, and one-such clash resulted in an accidental head butt in the third, producing a bloody cut in the corner of the right eye.
Spada remained aggressive, but Murray landed the majority of the clean, scoring blows. Observing the cut in the seventh, the referee stopped the action for ringside doctor observation. The doctor opted to call the bout off, infuriating Spada. Going to the scorecards, Murray was announced the winner by unanimous scores of 69-67, 68-63 and 67-66.
FOOD FOR GGG, AND A LONG TIME COMING: Gennday Golovkin’s team has been trying to make a fight with Murray since his solid showing against Sergio Martinez last year. Legal problems and also a reluctance on Murray’s part had previously prevented it. Murray now must feel the money is right because this fight was announced immediately following his win.
As for his chances, he won’t do much better than GGG’s recent string of victims. Despite his promoter laughingly calling Murray the “Mayweather of the middleweights,” he won’t be able to keep away from GGG, and doesn’t punch with authority. Murray has proven durable so far in his career, but his most notable opponent was a hobbled Sergio Martinez. The only question here is if Murray’s chin is strong enough to at least extend GGG to the middle rounds.
I will say this — Murray is the most credible opponent available. He’s a clear Top 10 guy and the best one out of the UK. Since Golovkin can’t make a superfight, you can’t ask for much better.
CABALLERO WINS VACANT TITLE AGAINST HALL: Randy Caballero can now call himself a titlist after winning the vacant IBF bantamweight strap over UK veteran Stuart Hall (118-110, 116-111 twice). Don’t let the scores fool you — even though he suffered a knockdown in the second, Hall was highly competitive throughout the 12 rounds. Caballero had been on a five fight KO streak going back to 2012, so this fight was a good learning experience for the 24-year-old. It was also the first time he’s gone 12 rounds.