Gennadiy Golovkin-Ryota Murata showdown officially announced for April 9 in Saitama, Japan

The long middleweight showdown between Gennadiy Golovkin and Japanese star Ryōta Murata, which had been postponed from December 29 due to COVID restrictions in Japan, will finally take place on April 9 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, he said. was announced by the press. out on Wednesday.

Golovkin-Murata is an IBF-WBA middleweight title unification bout promoted by Teiken Promotions Inc., in association with GGG Promotions, and will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN (excluding Japan and Kazakhstan).

Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs), of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, is The Ring’s No. 1 ranked middleweight, a position he has held for more than seven years. Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) is currently Ring’s No. 5 middleweight.

They claim a combined record of 57-3-1, 49 knockouts – a winning percentage of over 93% – with 86% of their wins by knockout.

“I am happy that the date has finally been set. I would like to express my gratitude to the organizers of Japan for their hard work and full support for the struggle for the coming unification,” Golovkin said. “Ryota Murata is an outstanding champion. I believe boxing fans in this beautiful country and around the world will see an exciting event. I can’t wait to get back in the ring and bring the Big Drama Show to Japan.

“It’s an honor to share the ring with great champion Gennadiy Golovkin,” Murata said. “I am extremely happy to be a part of this historic middleweight title unification fight here in Japan. On April 9, victory will be mine and Japan will have a unified world middleweight champion.

“We can’t wait for Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin to return to DAZN, taking on Ryōta Murata for the WBA, IBF and IBO world middleweight titles,” said Ed Breeze, EVP Rights at DAZN. “Murata takes a big step up against middleweight king GGG, who is looking to continue his reign in the division after dismantling Szeremeta last time out. This should be a brilliant fight, and we’re excited to have it live on DAZN on April 9th.

Golovkin, who has worn a world title belt every year since 2010, will look to build on his division record of successful title defenses (over two reigns), which currently stands at 21. He returns to the ring in the middle of his second reign. Golovkin regained the IBF middleweight title in 2019 with a unanimous decision victory over top-rated contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko, a three-time world title challenger. It was a hellish slugfest that kept the frantic Madison Square Garden crowd on their feet for 12 rounds. Many considered it the fight of the year. In his last fight, on December 18, 2020, Golovkin scored four knockdowns against undefeated mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta, en route to a seventh-round stoppage and a successful 21st middleweight title defense. Golovkin’s Big Drama Show filled iconic arenas around the world, selling out Madison Square Garden, The O2 in London, The Fabulous Forum and StubHub Center in Los Angeles, and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This will be his first fight in Japan. His 11-year rampage in the middleweight division also drew millions of viewers who watched him on premium cable, pay-per-view and DAZN. He won an Olympic silver medal as a middleweight at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens.

Murata’s two world title reigns began with stoppage wins in immediate rematches that avenged losses. After losing a split decision to Hassan N’Dam on May 20, 2017 for the vacant WBA middleweight title, he dethroned N’Dam in the seventh round five months later on October 22, 2017. After a successful title defense – an eighth-round TKO of Emanuele Blandamura on April 15, 2018 – Murata lost his title to Rob Brant via unanimous decision on October 20, 2018. Nine months later on July 12, 2019, Murata stopped Brant in the second round to reclaim the WBA middleweight title. In his last fight, before the pandemic, Murata successfully defended his title with a fifth-round TKO of Steven Butler, once beaten. The six-foot murata, one of Japan’s most popular athletes, first caught the world’s attention when he won Olympic gold in the middleweight division at the 2012 Olympics in London. It was the first gold medal won by a Japanese boxer since Takao Sakurai in 1964, and also Japan’s first-ever boxing medal in a weight class other than bantamweight or flyweight. Murata also became the 100th gold medalist in Japanese Olympic history. Murata’s last eight wins have come by stoppage.

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