By Danny Winterbottom: Looking like Kostya Tsyzu and punching like a young Mike Tyson 31-year-old Kazak middleweight sensation Gennady Golovkin destroyed Matthew Macklin with a brutal left to the liver in just three rounds last night at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut with Macklin admitting he was “the best I have ever fought”.
In the aftermath of such a devastating performance, against a tried and tested world class operator in Macklin, who many tipped to upset him, Golovkin is already being talked about as a future opponent for the likes of Sergio Martinez, Andre Ward and Carl Froch.
Golovkin’s brilliant performance has the whole boxing community salivating and wondering who can stop him, if anyone, at 168lbs?
Martin Murray, the St Helens middleweight who pushed Sergio Martinez to the brink of defeat in Argentina in April, reflected on Golovkin’s performance earlier today and told SecondsOut.com that he would be willing to face the fearsome Kazak.
“Of course I would fight him” said Murray. “He will be a tough fight for any middleweight or super middleweight but he hasn’t been tested yet and nobody knows his weaknesses. Having said that I don’t think he has any!!”
“He was in a different league to Macklin and disposed of him with ease. I thought it would last about six or seven rounds.”
In light of Box nation’s announcement last week that they are to work alongside Frank Maloney, Barry McGuigan and Murray’s promoter Ricky Hatton, the St Helens man also gave his reaction to that news.
“It will be great for all the Hatton promoted lads to get regular TV dates and the exposure that we all deserve” he said.