A year after his last match, Gennady Golovkin will be in the ring again. It will not happen to the great Kazakh for the first year since he was a professional that he did not play a single match in it.
It is certain that most wanted to see him in the ring again and enjoy his moves for which he is known for all these years.
This time he will have a very interesting fight As mentioned earlier, but not officially announced, on December 29, he will play a match to unite the WBA and IBF titles against Ryota Murata. Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) is a 35-year-old Japanese boxer, WBA regular belt holder, and 2012 London Olympic gold medalist.
He won the mentioned belt in July 2019, defending it once at the end of the same year, but now he has a two-year break. Despite such a long time out of the ring, he decided to accept the biggest match of his career and certainly the toughest opponent.
Although Murata is a world champion, he has not yet met the highest class of middleweight boxers. The 39-year-old Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) is one of the most popular, but also the deadliest boxers of recent years, and enters this match as an IBF belt holder.
He won it in October 2019, winning a phenomenal match against Sergiy Derevyanchenko. Thus, he regained one of the titles he lost with a defeat in the second match against Canelo Alvarez. Last year, he successfully defended the belt by defeating Kamil Szeremet.
As things currently stand, the match should be held in Japan, that is, at Murata's home field. As for the size of the match, it’s probably not a bad decision, as it questions how much the American audience would be interested in the same.
For Golovkin, this victory could be what he needs to reach the third match against Canelo since the bet of two belts with the Mexican could arouse some desire. But before that, GGG is definitely facing a difficult and serious job.
Murata has shown many times how difficult an opponent he can be and that no one should underestimate him easily. Of course, Golovkin is aware of the qualities of his opponent, but also of the qualities that helped him become what he is.
Alvarez is certainly his biggest wish, and he would probably want one of his biggest matches in his career again, which could be revenge for Alvarez for his previous defeat. If he wins this match, he will surely have additional motivation for one of the biggest matches that can potentially await him.