Absent from the rings since December 18, 2020, Kazakh Gennady Golovkin (39) will make his comeback on December 29 in Saitama (Japan), where he will be opposed to local Ryoto Murata (35) for the unification of IBF world belts. and WBA middleweight.
“GGG” is back. More than a year after his last fight, Gennady Golovkin (39 years old, 41 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss) will resume service. The diffuser DAZN announced Friday that the Kazakh would return to the rings on December 29 in Japan. The IBF middleweight world champion has not fought since his victory by referee stoppage against the Polish Kamil Szeremeta on December 18, 2020. He then set the new record for defending his title in the category, with a 21st success. He could sign a 22nd, on December 29, duringa fight which will oppose Golovkin to the Japanese Ryoto Murata (35 years old, 16 wins, 2 losses) with the reunification of the two world belts IBF and WBA of the means at stake. The confrontation between the holder of the IBF world champion belt and the boxer in possession of that of “super” WBA champion will take place in Saitama (Japan), north of Tokyo, on the land of Murata. The London 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist will also make his comeback on this occasion.
Golovkin: “It’s gonna be a special night”
The Japanese has even been absent for longer than his future opponent, as he has not boxed since December 2019. Almost two years of inactivity (it will be two years at the time of the fight against Golovkin) for the one who remains on a landslide victory against the Canadian Steven Butler by stop of the referee on the fifth round. Murata was then already WBA world champion in the category. On the other hand, he became “super” champion only after the Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who made history last weekend at the expense of the American Caleb Plant (referee’s stop on the eleventh round) in becoming the sixth boxer in history to unify the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF titles, abandoned the belt in question to move up to the super middleweight. Golovkin is in a hurry to be on December 29. “I can’t wait to put on my big show in Japan, a country where boxing is very popular. Ryota Murata is a great champion, it’s going to be a special night. “Especially if” GGG “continues its impressive streak.