By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
MARTIN MURRAY admitted he tried everything he could in a bid to shock Gennady Golovkin - but nothing could derail the middleweight powerhouse.The St Helens scrapper was stopped in the 11th round by the Kazakh superstar in Monte Carlo on Saturday night.
Golovkin peppered Murray all fight with stiff jabs, overhand rights and bone-crunching body shots.
The WBA middleweight champion – known as one of boxing’s most exciting stars - was relentless before finally forcing referee Luis Pabon to step in during the 11th round.
Murray said: “It has been an honour. I thank him for the fight. He’s strong, he’s tough, he is on a different level to the other middleweight world champions.
“I couldn’t have done any more, took myself away from my family for five weeks, went to South Africa to train for this fight.
“That was the best I could do and it was not good enough. I’m absolutely gutted. He’s a great champion, a great fighter and there wasn’t much more I could do.
“I’m sorry to let everyone down but there’s not much more I can do.”
Murray, 32, has now come up short in three world titles fights having drawn with then WBA champion Felix Sturm in 2011 and former WBC king Sergio Martinez in 2013.
Golovkin is now set on lining up a unification fight with current WBC titleholder Miguel Cotto.