Eddie Hearn Expects GGG And Ryota Murata To Face Off In The First Half Of 2022

Posted on 12/26/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Over the previous few years, Gennadiy Golovkin has grown extremely inactive. At his damaging peak, the Kazakhstan star made two or three yearly appearances. Nevertheless, after scoring a concussive stoppage victory over Kamil Szeremeta in December of 2020, this 12 months marked the primary that Golovkin didn’t enter the ring since turning professional in 2006.

Whereas it wasn’t the 12 months Golovkin’s followers had been hoping for, the present IBF middleweight champion was pressured to take care of forces that had been out of his management. Initially, the previous unified titlist was set to tackle present WBA belt holder Ryota Murata. The 2 had been scheduled to sq. off on December twenty ninth, on the Saitama Tremendous Area in Saitama, Japan.

However, as a result of rising concern surrounding the omicron COVID-19 variant, Japan has applied new journey restrictions that forestall foreigners from visiting. Though there was rising optimism that Golovkin can be granted a particular exemption, he was in the end denied.

Even with their contest formally pushed by the wayside, promoter Eddie Hearn is assured that each side will come to the negotiating desk pretty rapidly.

“Gennady Golovkin, resulting from battle Murata in December,” stated Hearn throughout an interview with IFL TV. “Appears to be like prefer it’s going to be rescheduled for March or April.”

Murata, a former Olympic Gold medalist, has spent the previous two years sequestered on the sidelines. Earlier than his current string of inactivity, Murata was arguably within the midst of the very best type of his profession. The hard-hitting Japanese native instantly recaptured his WBA middleweight title in opposition to Rob Brant in July of 2019, stopping his man within the second spherical. 5 months later, Murata would rating a fifth-round stoppage win over Steven Butler.

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