For a while there, Martin Murray was actually doing pretty well for himself.
Murray (29-2-1, 12 KO) wasn't expected to pose much of a threat to Kazakh knockout machine Gennady Golovkin last night (Sat., Feb. 21, 2015), but he put in some very good work early. Utilizing a focused body attack and a swiping overhand right that "GGG" seemed to have trouble blocking, the Englishman proved surprisingly competitive through the first three rounds, much to the pleasure of the Brit-heavy Monaco crowd.
Then things went horribly wrong for him.
Golovkin (32-0, 29 KO) scored the first knockdown of the fight in the fourth round with a right hand that sank worryingly far into Murray's stomach, sending him to a knee with a very unpleasant look on his face. Soon after, Murray went down from the same punch, again taking a full eight seconds to recover.
From then on, it was less a fight than a clinical dissection.
Murray was highly aggressive off of his back foot and landed his fair share of punches, but he found himself completely unable to halt the Kazakh destroyer's advance. Golovkin cut off the ring brilliantly, forcing Murray to try to trade punches with his back to the ropes.
Soon, Murray was bleeding out of both nostrils and his left eye was beginning to swell.
Despite the punishment their fighter was taking, Murray's corner elected to let their fighter continue. After a harsh eighth round, they finally told Murray that he needed to step up or they would stop it. Though he had a good ninth round, the end began in the waning seconds of the tenth, when Golovkin sent him to the canvas a third time with a right cross.
The corner, in a move I greatly disagreed with, sent him back out for the eleventh, where a Golovkin flurry on a cornered Murray prompted referee Luis Pabon to step in.
Golovkin has absolutely routed all comers; the only question now is whether his fellow champions, such as lineal champ Miguel Cotto and the winner of the upcoming bout between Andy Lee and Peter Quillin, will be willing to step up to the plate.