Martin Murray’s enormous heart was not enough to go the distance with undefeated Middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin this past Saturday in their fight from the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo.
Golovkin walked through Murray’s punches for 11 rounds, seriously damaging Murray’s body and face until stopping him in an assault that arguably lasted two or three rounds longer than it should have.
It’s Golovkin’s 32nd straight professional victory without a loss, and his 19th straight win by knockout.
Moving forward, Golovkin is expected to fight three more times on HBO in 2015, next scheduled for Saturday, May 16 against a currently undetermined opponent, from an undetermined location.
Once again in his post-fight interview, Golovkin called out current WBC and lineal champion Miguel Cotto, but Cotto’s team has shown very little interest in putting him in the ring with the dangerous knockout machine from Kazakhstan in the past.
Other possible big name opponents such as Canelo Alvarez, Peter Quillin, Andy Lee and David Lemieux all have scheduled fights that make them unavailable, leaving Golovkin in a position where he’ll have to either step away from his May date, or take a “stay busy” fight with a lower ranked, lesser-known opponent.
Read on for three possible options for Gennady Golovkin moving forward in 2015.