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Martin Murray doesn't fear Gennady Golovkin

Martin Murray will be the underdog, but he's putting in the work to get ready for Gennady Golovkin.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Gennady Golovkin is expected by most to bull through yet another foe when he faces Martin Murray on February 21, but the tough Murray, who has been shorted twice against top middleweights in the past, believes he's ready for GGG, and says the Kazakh is not unbeatable.

Murray (29-1-1, 12 KO) went to a debated draw with Felix Sturm in 2011, and lost a fairly controversial decision to Sergio Martinez in 2013. Both of those fights were away games for Murray, who went to Germany to face Sturm and Argentina to face Martinez.

He'll meet Golovkin (31-0, 28 KO) on neutral ground in Monte Carlo.

"It's a tough fight, I'm under no illusions," Murray said. "Golovkin is a punching power machine, but I have the tools to beat him. I expect it will be tough and I'll need to go through pain, but I'm prepared for that, whatever it takes."

Murray has been training in South Africa for this fight, as he's now promoted by Golden Gloves, which is based in the country. Murray says he's been training three times per day at high altitude, in the summer heat.

"It's about getting to the 21st and having no regrets," he said. "I'm doing everything to be in the best possible condition. I'm gonna do it. A lot of things brought me to this world title. I'm doing it for myself, for my family. When I signed with Golden Gloves, this was the end deal: a massive fight. I'm coming off some good wins and I feel I'm ready.

"Golovkin has two hands like me, but he's not unbeatable. I'm certainly not going to get into the ring fearing him. Never."

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