The world middleweight title unification between Gennadiy Golovkin and Ryota Murat, first confirmed by World Boxing News in 2021, is back.
Golovkin and Murata were originally slated for the holiday season last year. However, Covid-19 ended those hopes.
Now, with a trilogy starring Canelo Alvarez hijacked until the fall, Golovkin and Murata are free to fulfill their contractual obligation.
‘GGG’ will face their Mexican opponent for the third time if successful in Japan on April 9. And as usual, the hard-hitting Kazakh promises a “Big Drama Show” to his fans.
“I am happy that the date has finally been set. I want to express my gratitude to the organizers in Japan for their hard work and full support for the struggle for the coming unification,” Golovkin said.
“Ryota Murata is an exceptional champion. I believe boxing fans in this beautiful country and around the world will see an exciting event.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and bring the Big Drama Show to Japan.”
His opponent Murata, a massive underdog in the fight, hosts the challenge this spring.
“It’s an honor to share the ring with the great champion Gennadiy Golovkin,” Murata said.
“I am extremely happy to be a part of this historic middleweight title unification fight here in Japan.
“On April 9, victory will be mine and Japan will have a unified world middleweight champion.”
DAZN will televise Golovkin vs. Murata as part of a deal with the streaming service. It is part of a busy program by the summer.
Ed Breeze, EVP pf Rights at DAZN said, “We can’t wait for Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin to return to DAZN, taking on Ryōta Murata for the WBA, IBF and IBO world middleweight titles.
“Murata takes a big step up against middleweight king GGG, who is looking to continue his reign in the division after dismantling Szeremeta last time out.
“It’s going to be a brilliant fight, and we’re excited to have it live on DAZN on April 9.”
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