Golovkin vs. Murray: Everyone has a plan until they get hit by Triple GWritten by Joseph Herron
Mike Tyson most notably stated that everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.
When opponents are faced with the ostensibly daunting task of taking on the most avoided man in the Middleweight division, WBA and interim WBC champ Gennady Golovkin, head trainer Abel Sanchez whole heartedly agrees with Iron Mike's insightful ring philosophy.
"Going into a fight with Gennady, every fighter genuinely thinks they have a chance," claims the prolific fight trainer.
"But once the fight starts, and Gennady lands the first significant punch, whether it's a hard jab to the head, shoulder, chest, or body, I see a different look on every opponent's face."
"I notice a definite change in their demeanor. They always develop a look that says, 'uh-oh...I have to go through this for twelve rounds?'
It's a look that seems very obvious to me...it's that look of discouragement and realization when they finally come to grips with what Gennady Golovkin brings to the ring."
And while the experienced boxing coach believes his fighter will inevitably create a natural separation in class when pitted against any 160 pound fighter, Abel isn't taking Golovkin's next opponent lightly.
"Because of what Gennady has been able to do in the ring leading into this fight, consistently controlling the action and getting the big knock-out, most people think this fight is going to be easy," states Abel Sanchez. "I don't look at it that way."
"I see Martin Murray as an uncrowned champion. It seems pretty obvious to me that he beat Martinez in Argentina, but didn't get the decision. He also got a draw when he fought Felix Sturm in Germany, which could easily be interpreted as a win."
"So we're looking at a difficult opponent...one who may or may not be able to take Gennady's best shots and give us some rounds. We'll just have to wait and see how things play out on fight night."
Despite clamoring for the big money bouts with other marquee names of the sport, the prolific, Big Bear Lake based fight trainer believes the February 21 match-up will prove to be a great event, not only for Golovkin's career, but for the fans of boxing as well.
"This is a good fight for us, and a good fight for Martin Murray," claims Coach Abel. "If we do what we're supposed to do, we're going to come out ahead. But anything can happen in a boxing ring. It should be a great night of boxing for the fans who tune in to HBO on February 21."