After an absence of effectively over a yr, this Saturday sees the long-awaited return of Gennady Golovkin. The Kazakh tries to make another climb in the direction of a trilogy match with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, or different defining fights, as he travels to the Tremendous Enviornment in Saitama, Japan, to tackle Ryota Murata in a middleweight unification conflict.
Golovkin vs Murata was because of happen final December, however COVID-19 problems brought about a postponement. DAZN televise stay.
Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) is a middleweight monster, and after changing into world champion in 2010, he was launched to a wider viewers in 2012 for a USA debut, and he went on a run of devastating knockout wins.
The likes of revered operators in Matthew Macklin (KO3), Daniel Geale (TKO3) and Martin Murray (TKO11) have been all vanquished, and he would ascend to carry WBC, WBA ‘tremendous’ and IBF belts.
A aggressive factors win over Daniel Jacobs signalled his first distance contest in some 23 outings, and that victory result in an excellent struggle with Canelo.
In a match that many observers had ‘GGG’ as a winner, the bout was referred to as a draw, so a rematch was a pure.
The rematch happened in September 2018, and Canelo, who steps as much as gentle heavyweight to face WBA champion, Dmitry Bivol on Could 7, received the nod in one other tight struggle at hand Golovkin a primary defeat.
Since then, he has been on the Mexican’s tail with out getting him into the ring, and after knocking out Steve Rolls in 4, he then regained a world title with an in depth factors win over Sergey Derevyanchenko to take the IBF crown.
The person from Karaganda was final seen in December 2020, forcing Kamil Szeremeta to retire after seven one-sided rounds.
The 39-year-old, who shall be 40-years-old by the point he steps into the ring, now travels to the Far East in the hunt for extra gold, and WBA (Tremendous) champion Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) stands in the best way of a trilogy with Canelo slated for September if each win their respective, upcoming fights.
The Tokyo resident failed in his first world title tilt, again in Could 2017, when Hasan N’Dam N’Jikam brought about an upset, outscoring the 36-year-old in his yard by way of cut up choice to win the vacant WBA strap.
Murata would turn into world champion in a rematch 5 months later, forcing the Cameroonian to retire after seven.
After a maiden defence, he misplaced his title by way of large choice to Rob Brant, this time in Las Vegas, however once more discovered redemption in a rematch, stopping the American in two rounds in Osaka.
Murata was final out in December 2019, and stopped Steven Butler in 5.
Prediction: Each are coming off lay-offs, however Golovkin nonetheless retains an aura about him, and is a high stage competitor, with loads of ambition left. Murata will positively really feel his over two-year absence, and I anticipate ‘GGG’ to strike early with spiteful pictures, ultimately forcing a stoppage or retirement round midway.
Nakatani defends world title
One other world title bout heads the undercard. Junto Nakatani defends his WBO flyweight title for a second time, with the inexperienced Ryota Yamauchi the person within the reverse nook.
Nakatani (22-0, 17 KOs) received the vacant belt in November 2020, knocking out Giemel Magramo in eight in Japan, after which travelled to the USA for his first defence, stopping Angel Acosta in 4.
Yamauchi (8-1, 7 KOs) will get this alternative as a WBO Asia Pacific champion, together with his final defence in June final yr, a seventh spherical stoppage of Yuta Nakayama.
Prediction: Nonetheless, he’s in deep water right here, and I anticipate Nakatani to retain by way of stoppage.
There’s an enormous take a look at at light-weight for Shuichiro Yoshino (14-0, 11 KOs), because the WBO Asia Pacific and OPBF belts are on the road towards Masayuki Ito (27-3-1, 15 KOs), a former WBO world champion at tremendous featherweight.
Ito has misplaced two of his final 4, however remains to be a excessive stage operator, however is coming off a win.
Prediction: Yoshino is the brisker man although, and might take a factors win over twelve.
At tremendous bantamweight, Kazuki Anaguchi (1-0, 1 KO) can rating a factors win over six towards Ryuji Yamamoto (6-1, 6 KOs), and at welterweight, in a battle of debutants, Hiroka Amaki can defeat Taiga Kato.