All signs pointing to a fight in Japan at Christmas.
Intuboxing.com has learned that a fight is now agreed (reportedly) for Gennady Golovkin and Ryoto Murata to square off in Kobe, Japan on December 28th. The bout will serve as a unification bout for the IBF World Middleweight Championship, currently held by Golovkin. Murata's WBA World Middelweight Crown will also be on the line.
The sport is slowly but surely returning to normal following the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. The underlying theme here for both men will be inactivity.
Golovkin fought once in 2020, fighting in a stay-busy fight against Kamil Szeremeta in December of last year. After years of fighting on HBO, Golovkin opted to ply his trade with DAZN back in 2018, following the US Networks decision to remove boxing from it's programming. The big expectation of course, was that we would see a third fight between Golovkin, and Saul ' Canelo' Alvarez. As we all know now, this fight failed to materialise. Of course, Canelo sued DAZN, getting out of the biggest contract the sport has ever seen. With the ink on the contract was practically wet! And Golovkin too had issues with the then fledging streaming service.
Golovkin turns 40 next year, and it remains to be seen whether he can still compete at the elite level. His two fights with Canelo will long remain two of the sports hotly contested decisions in recent memory. However, what was clear to see after he went pretty much life and death with Sergey Derevyanchenko in 2019, is that both fights clearly took something out of him.
He has been more active than his slated opponent. Murata, a former Olympic Gold Medallist. Hasnt fought since stopping Steven Butler in December 2019! The Japanese fighter has a chance to claim a major scalp for a career that promised so much. But is fair to say probably hasnt lived up to his ability.