DAZN Boxing confirmed the unification fight between Gennady Golovkin and Ryota murata, next December 29, in the Super Arena Saitama, on Japan.
This will be the Kazakh’s comeback fight after a year of inactivity. Their last confrontation was on December 18, 2020 against Kamil Szeremeta, whom he knocked out in the seventh round.
Since the middle of this year the plan to carry out this clash in Japan, on a very important date for Japan. Several people within boxing criticized him for not wanting to fight sooner.
Golovkin has the belt of the FIB, which he recovered in October 2019 by defeating by unanimous decision Sergey Derevyanchenko by cards of 115-112, 115-112 and 114-113.
Since his rematch match against Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, Golovkin he’s fought three times, winning two of those three via chloroform.
Although this year he was presented with proposals to unify against Demetrius Andrade, monarch of 160 pounds by the OMB, and Jaime Munguía, Gennady chose to rest for this fight.
On April 8, 2022, he will turn 40 and is in the final stretch of his career. After that confrontation it is unknown what he will look for.
A trilogy with Canelo something distant is looming, since Saul warned that any boxer who wants to challenge him will have to move up to 168 pounds, a major division in which he fights GGG.
The Mexican boxer explained that he is no longer willing to go down to medium, as the weight cut caused him to lose part of his power. He is currently very comfortable at 168 pounds.
For its part, Murata is world champion for AMB at middleweight since May 2017, when in the rematch against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikiam he knocked him out in the seventh round.
He subsequently lost the scepter in October 2018. Rob brant He beat him by unanimous decision, but in July 2019 he beat him by knockout in the second round.
His last contest was in December 2019. At that time he defeated Steven Butler by knockout in the fifth chapter.