By Joe Koizumi
Photographs by Naoki Fukuda
Japan’s nationwide hero, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and presently WBA middleweight tremendous champion Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) celebrated his thirty-sixth birthday and demonstrated a public exercise on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Murata has been eagerly anticipating that an oft-postponed unification bout with IBF titleholder Gennady Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs), 39, will notice quickly. He was slated to face GGG right here on December 29, however the omicron variant finally compelled it to be postpone on December 3.
Earlier than a giant birthday cake ready by Teiken Gymnasium, Murata stated to the press, “Once I acquired the gold medal in London in 2012, individuals requested a couple of risk of competing once more within the Tokyo Olympic Video games. I then denied it, saying that then I’ll be thirty-four in 2020 and that’s unattainable. It’s, nonetheless, stunning that I, at 36, am nonetheless energetic, pursuing my profession. I now commit all myself to coaching diligently.”
His promoter Akihiko Honda additionally stated, “We count on the federal government’s restriction of overseas guests to enter Japan to be over ultimately of February, and the Murata-GGG occasion will happen in April.” We’re keen to look at the sensational unification bout to materialize as deliberate.