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Martin Murray: Kell Brook won't go more than six with Gennady Golovkin

Martin Murray says Kell Brook is in way too deep against Golovkin.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Martin Murray has firsthand experience going up against Golovkin. After all, he's the man who has survived the longest against him when he made it to see round 11 before being stopped last year. And Murray was a solid-sized middleweight too -- so much so that he's recently moved up to super middleweight because making 160lbs was becoming increasingly difficult. So as much as he'd like to see his fellow compatriot in Kell Brook grab a win over Golovkin, he admits to ESPN that he thinks Brook is in too deep.

"It's a step too far for Kell," Muray told ESPN. "Golovkin is another level and he's in deep, deep water and I don't think he's going to be able to swim.

"I don't think Kell can go as long as I did with him. I think it goes five rounds, six maximum, and I know what it is like in there with him. It could go early."

Murray continues by saying that he believes the only way to be able to beat Golovkin is to be able to move well and push Golovkin back, but he just doesn't see anyone at middleweight strong enough to do that. So considering that Kell Brook is a career welterweight moving up to middleweight, he's obviously not going to give him much of chance at enacting that plan of attack.

"Kell has got great range, distance and timing so Golovkin is going to be in with something different himself. But Golovkin's distance and timing are something else. He's in a different league to anything I've fought and Canelo [Saul Alvarez] won't touch him.

"Golovkin really hurt me with the body shots he took me down with. I gritted my teeth and got back up but when those body shots hit you, you don't recover. It was the same with [fellow Briton] Matt Macklin [who Golovkin knocked out in three rounds in 2013]. It was the little shots he hit me with as well, the range finding shots, and he's just on a different level."

Murray declined to the opportunity to spar with Brook for this training camp as he has not yet resumed his training but he does give Brook credit for taking a big chance after having difficulty landing a notable fight at welterweight. Brook with try to make the magic happen Sept. 10 live on HBO.

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