Golovkin takes on Murata on Saturday in a 160-pound unification bout in Saitama, Japan
Gennadiy Golovkin and Ryota Murata will meet this Saturday night, April 9, for their two-belt middleweight unification bout at Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
This is the fight that will set Golovkin up for a mega-fight against Canelo Alvarez, who he still feels like he’s beaten twice.
“I indeed won both fights”, Golovkin told the Teddy Atlas podcast as he reminded viewers he should have gotten the win in his two fights against Canelo.
Golovkin predicts his fight with Murata will be one of the most interesting of the year, and he might be right.
Golovkin-Murata airs on DAZN this Saturday at 5:00 p.m. ET. Both of these fighters can strike with tremendous power, and it should be a real war while it lasts.
IBF middleweight champion Golovkin needs a win to put him in the slot to fight Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 17, and you can bet he’s going to be feeling a lot of pressure on Saturday night.
WBA champion Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) has a lot less to lose than Golovkin, but obviously he wants to win and continue to be a big star in Japan. Murata hasn’t fought in the past 2 1/2 years, and he’s likely to show signs of ring rust with the long layoff.
In Murata’s case, he was always a power puncher who never showed any speed. He won his fights by mastering his mostly obscure opposition in Japan.
When Murata strengthened against Hassan N’Dam and Rob Brant, he was beaten. He avenged the losses, but that doesn’t mean much.
Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) has spent the last year trying to make the fight against Murata (16-2, 13 KOs), and it finally takes place a year and a half later. Hopefully, for Golovkin’s sake, it was worth the wait.
“We have two interesting styles to show, so it’s going to be hard to predict what’s going to happen there, and I think it’s going to be an amazing fight for the fans,” Gennadiy Golovkin told THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas about his fight against Ryota Murata this Saturday.
“For those who watch the fight or come to the stadium, it will be a boxing gift,” Golovkin said. “I think it would probably be to be the most interesting fight of the year.
“I have to adapt to the weather there [in Japan]and we are still figuring it out.
“I would like to point out that I actually won both fights.I believe it,” Golovkin said of his two fights with Canelo Alvarez in 2017 and 2018. “At the same time, I understand that hypocrisy prevails from time to time.
“Unfortunately, there are people who would choose the hypocritical route, and we also have to admit that there are certain trading rules.
“There should be reasons for these things to happen the way they did and maybe accept that it’s just one of the rules of the trade,” Golovkin said as he gave a cryptic response about his two fights against Canelo.
“I’ve felt in the past that I wasn’t able to express certain nuances in my responses and some of my responses might have been considered awkward or downright funny.
“I believe in being able to express myself in a deeper way to talk about various details to make myself understood.
“Abel Sanchez and Johnathon Banks, they are very different coaches with different visions and different approaches,” Golovkin said. “I can only say good words about both.
“I am extremely grateful for what Abel has given me. I appreciate all of Abel’s contributions over my career. I now work with Johnathon Banks and am extremely grateful to him as well.
“I appreciate him as a coach and you shouldn’t think I’ve given up all the knowledge and all the techniques I’ve learned in the past, no. Johnathon Banks gives me something to build on what I have already.
“It’s just the extra skills and the extra approaches that take various situations from a different angle, and it all adds up. I’m very happy with the team I have at the moment.
“I learn a lot, I earn a lot, and you have to choose what’s most important to you, valuable to you, and allows you to be better. That’s the approach I take now,” said Golovkin.