Gennady Golovkin, left, defended his middleweight title Saturday by stopping Martin Murray in the 11th round in Monaco, Monte Carlo/Photo by Action Images
Gennady Golovkin on Saturday retained his middleweight championship when he stopped tough Martin Murray in the 11th round in the main event from Monaco, Monte Carlo.
Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) has now stopped his past 19 opponents inside the distance. He did so while decking Murray three times. Referee Luis Pabon finally stopped the bout in the 11th.
Golovkin, of Kazakhstan, is trained by West Covina native Abel Sanchez at Sanchez’s Summit Boxing Gym in Big Bear.
Murray, of England, is 29-2-1.
Sergio Martinez, one of the middleweight world champions, likely won’t fight for the rest of this year because of injuries sustained in his title defense against Martin Murray this past Saturday, his promoter told ESPN.com.
Martinez retained his belt with a unanimous decision over Murray, of England, in Martinez’s native Argentina. Promoter Lou DiBella said Martinez came out of it with an injured right knee, a broken left hand and a cut over his left eye.
“He’s probably out for the rest of the year,” DiBella told ESPN.com. “I just can’t see him returning this year. He probably needs another surgery to remove scar tissue from the knee and he needs more time to rehab it than he gave it after the Chavez fight.”
Martinez suffered an injury to the same knee in his victory over then-middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in September 2012 in Las Vegas.
From a variety of reports, it sounds like middleweight champion Sergio Matinez had all he could handle in England’s Martin Murray in their title fight Saturday in Martinez’s native Argentina.
Martinez won by three scores of 115-112, but he was knocked down in the eighth round. According to an Associated Press story on the fight, knockdowns of Martinez could have been counted in the 10th and 11th rounds, but were ruled slips by referee Massimo Barrovechio.
Martinez, 38, is 51-2-2. Murray, 30, is 25-1-1.