Saturday, 25 October 2014 23:10

Gennady Golovkin's next opponent? Martin Murray defeats Spada

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With current WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin watching closely from ringside, Martin Murray held onto his WBC Silver title and earned a technical decision victory against the always game Domenico Spada at Salle des Etoiles on Saturday, October 25, in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

The originally scheduled twelve round contest was stopped prematurely due to cuts suffered by the Italian born challenger after receiving a few questionable head butts in the third stanza.

At the 1:19 mark of round seven, the physician at ringside finally deemed the 34 year old Roma native incapable of continuing the fight and advised referee in charge Daniel Van de Wiele to stop the spirited affair. Because the two gashes over Spada’s right eye were caused by head butts and not clean punches, the winner was decided by the official scorecards.

The judges at ringside scored the bout, 67-66, 68-63, and 69-67...all in favor of the 32 year old UK born fighter.

Although Murray was consequently deducted a point for the “accidental” clash of heads that started the bleeding for Spada in the third, he still did more than enough to win the abridged prizefight in the minds of the three kings at ringside.

While the strong British fighter seemingly landed the harder and more impact shots throughout, Domenico pressed the action from start to finish, and really put forth a gallant effort in attempting to earn the title opportunity with Gennady Golovkin next year.

But to no avail, it will be the reigning WBC Silver title holder who gets a shot at Triple G in February of 2015.

“We did what we had to do,” stated Martin Murray. “We’re moving on to bigger and better things now. Hopefully we’ll be back in Monte Carlo in February to fight for the world title.”

Martin’s trainer, Oliver Harrison, believes that his fighter is finally ready to face the most feared man at 160 pounds.

“I think Martin dominated the fight and showed his world class talent,” claimed the experienced boxing coach. “Now it’s time to face GGG. We welcome the challenge. We’re ready.”


While watching the action unfold from ringside, the knock-out artist from Kazakhstan commented on who he preferred to face next year.

“Both Murray and Spada are strong fighters,” stated Gennady Golovkin. “They both would make good fight. I’m very happy to be back in Monte Carlo and look forward to making good fight. It doesn’t matter who it is, I’m very happy to be fighting the winner.”
 

 

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