Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, boxing’s most dominant middleweight of his period, is bringing the Big Drama Show and his IBF and IBO entire world title belts to his opponent’s backyard, Japan, wherever he will rumble with two-time WBA middleweight kingpin Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs), in a very long-awaited title unification combat.
Promoted by Teiken Promotions Inc., in affiliation with GGG Promotions, Golovkin vs. Murata will take position Wednesday, December 29, and will be streamed stay from Saitama Tremendous Arena in Saitama, which border’s Murata’s hometown of Tokyo, to above 200 international locations and territories, including the U.S., solely on DAZN (excluding Japan and Kazakhstan).
In a fight of two-time entire world champions and Olympic medalists, Golovkin and Murata will be wanting to put their stamp on, arguably, boxing’s most storied excess weight course. They boast a put together history of 57-3-1, 49 KOs — a successful share of more than 93% — with 86% of their victories coming by way of knockout.
“I am really psyched to be bringing the Large Drama Clearly show to Japan, a nation wherever boxing is pretty well-liked,” reported Golovkin.
“Ryota Murata has been an excellent winner. It is going to be a unique night time when we meet in the ring to unify our titles. We are heading to give the followers a great combat.”
Golovkin, who has worn a entire world championship belt each individual yr given that 2010, will be on the lookout to make on his division-record of profitable title defenses, which presently stands at 21. He returns to the ring in the midst of his next reign as a middleweight environment champion. Golovkin regained the IBF and IBO middleweight titles in 2019 with a unanimous choice victory over prime-rated contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko, a 3-time environment title challenger. It was a hellacious toe-to-toe slugfest that had the frenzied group at Madison Sq. Backyard garden on its feet for the full 12 rounds. Many considered it the Combat of the 12 months.
In his final struggle, on December 18, 2020, Golovkin scored four knockdowns against undefeated obligatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta, en route to a seventh-spherical stoppage and a record 21st prosperous middleweight title defense. Golovkin’s Big Drama Exhibit has packed iconic arenas all-around the environment, promoting out Madison Square Back garden, The O2 in London, the Fantastic Discussion board and StubHub Heart in Los Angeles, and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. This will be his very first time battling in Japan. His 11-yr rampage on the middleweight division has also captivated millions of viewers who have watched him on high quality cable, pay out-for every-see, and DAZN. He acquired an Olympic silver medal as a middleweight in the 2004 summer time game titles in Athens.
Murata’s two earth title reigns have begun with stoppage victories in rapid rematches that avenged losses. After getting rid of a break up final 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 afterwards, on October 22, 2017. After a successful title defense — an eighth-spherical TKO of Emanuele Blandamura on April 15, 2018 — Murata misplaced his title to Rob Brant by means of a unanimous decision on October 20, 2018. Nine months later on, on July 12, 2019, Murata stopped Brant in the next spherical to reclaim the WBA middleweight title.
In his last battle, before the pandemic, Murata correctly defended his title with a fifth-spherical TKO of the moment-overwhelmed Steven Butler. The six-foot Murata, just one of Japan’s most well-known athletes, very first arrived to the world’s interest when he captured the Olympic gold medal in the middleweight division at the 2012 Olympics held in London. It was the to start with gold medal received by a Japanese boxer given that Takao Sakurai in 1964, and also Japan’s very first-ever boxing medal in a pounds class other than bantamweight or flyweight. Murata also became the 100th gold medalist in Japanese Olympic history. Murata’s last 8 victories have occur by way of stoppage.
“I experience that my total novice and professional boxing career has been a planning for this combat in opposition to Gennadiy Golovkin. This struggle will ascertain my area in the middleweight division and boxing heritage,” reported Murata. “Gennadiy Golovkin has extensive been the typical-bearer of the middleweight division. To me, he is however undefeated. I have the maximum respect for him. It has been just about two years since my last combat, for the reason that of the pandemic, but I have put that time to great use, performing pretty really hard with my trainers on strengthening my bodily conditioning and introducing much more electrical power to my punches. I am so proud Japan is web hosting this battle. It is a wonderful honor for me.”