A date and time have been set for Gennadiy Golovkin's next fight, as "GGG" passes through the ropes at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on Saturday, April 9th. The boxing star from Kazakhstan will face Japanese champion Ryota Murata in the middleweight title race.
Golovkin has a 160lbs IBF strap and Murata has a WBA title around his waist. This World Championship match consists of twelve rounds.The fight will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The venue for the event can accommodate up to 36,000 spectators. The main card will start at 10 a.m. UK time, with ring walks for the main event until 12.30 p.m.
This is an important battle for both, especially the IBF champion Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs). He has signed a contract with Canelo Alvarez on September 17 in a trilogy match that he and the world of boxing have been waiting for since 2018.
WBA 160lb champion Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) is on the verge of reaching his third long awaited match against Golokin's Canelo, and will be under a lot of pressure.
Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) won his last bout against Kamil Seremita in the seventh round, retiring. Earlier, he scored a unanimous decision against Sergei Derivyanchenko to take the then empty ballots, and in Round 4, Code Steve Rolls lost his rematch by a majority against Canello Alvarez.
Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) is coming out of TKO's victory in the fifth round against Steven Butler. Earlier, he stopped Rob Brant in the second round of his rematch and reclaimed the ballot.
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Golovkin vs Murata fight card
Gennadiy Golovkin vs. Ryota Murata, 12 rounds, middleweight – Golovkin’s IBF and IBO middleweight titles, Murata’s WBA (Super) middleweight title
Shuichiro Yoshino vs. Masayuki Ito, 12 rounds, lightweight – WBO Asia Pacific lightweight title
Junto Nakatani vs. Ryota Yamauchi, 12 rounds, flyweight – WBO flyweight title
Kazuki Anaguchi vs. Ryuji Yamamoto, 6 rounds, super bantamweight
Hiroka Amaki vs. Taiga Kato, 4 rounds, welterweight