By: Hans Themistode
There was a bitter look of disappointment plastered throughout the face of Gennadiy Golovkin.
The IBF middleweight titlist and future Corridor of Famer had lengthy been hoping to share the ring with fellow middleweight belt holder, Ryota Murata. The 2 have been initially scheduled to face off on December twenty ninth, 2021, on the Saitama Tremendous Enviornment in Saitama, Japan, Murata’s fatherland. Nonetheless, because of the rising concern surrounding the general contaminated charge of COVID-19, Japan carried out journey restrictions that prevented foreigners from visiting, which finally pushed their contest to the wayside.
Now, with the an infection charge dropping globally, the pair have reportedly rescheduled their showdown.
As first reported by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, each Murata and Golovkin have agreed to sq. off on April ninth. The pair will proceed with their unique plans to unify middleweight titles in Saitama Enviornment.
For Japan’s Murata, he’ll stroll into the most important night time of his pugilistic life with what could possibly be a substantial quantity of rust. The WBA 160 pound titlist has spent effectively over two years sequestered on the sidelines. Though he hasn’t been lively, Murata has gained his final two contests by way of stoppage.
As for Golovkin, a win over Murata is one which he desperately craves for a myriad of causes. Not solely does Golovkin aspire to reclaim his standing as a unified champion however extra importantly, a victory over Murata locations him one step nearer to a 3rd showdown in opposition to Canelo Alvarez.
Only a few days in the past, Golovkin inked his identify as a part of a profitable two-fight deal. First up for the heavy-hitting Kazakhstan star, is a date with Murata. Ought to he decide up the victory and rip away Murata’s world title within the course of, Golovkin will wait patiently for Alvarez.
The pound-for-pound star is ready to tackle WBA mild heavyweight champion, Dmitry Bivol. If Alvarez finds himself on the profitable finish of stated bout, he’ll transfer again down in weight to defend his undisputed super-middleweight crown in opposition to Golovkin.
The 2 initially swapped fists in 2017 and 2018 with Golovkin being compelled to accept a break up choice draw and majority choice loss. With three consecutive victories underneath his belt since struggling the primary defeat of his profession to Alvarez, Golovkin has maintained that he was given a uncooked deal, even going so far as to say that Alvarez, and those that consider he gained their contests, are “delusional.”