Prediction for the fight Gennady Golovkin vs Ryota Murata

The legendary Kazakhstani Gennady "GGG" Golovkin, who holds the IBF / IBO titles in the middleweight division, will hold a unification fight with a local fighter, WBA Super champion Ryota Murata on April 9 in Saitama (Japan).

Gennady Golovkin vs Ryota Murata

Gennady Golovkin

Former middleweight dominator, Gennady Golovkin, continues his illustrious career and intends to regain ground after his first and only defeat when he lost the WBA/WBC/IBO titles in September 2018 to Mexican Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in a controversial majority decision. The formidable Kazakh puncher closed the fiasco with a series of 3 wins, winning the IBF / IBO championship belts (defeated Ukrainian Sergey Derevyanchenko by unanimous decision) and demonstrated his signature punching power in fights with unbeaten Steve Rolls (KO, round 4) from Canada and Pole Kamil Sheremeta ( RTD, round 7), in his last fight, 12/18/2020

In total, the star fighter has 41 victories, incl. 36 KOs in 43 fights (1 draw and 1 loss against Canelo). Between 2006 and 2017, Golovkin had a record of 37-0. In 2018, he led the P4P rating. In Kazakhstan, the merits of a compatriot are marked by a number of high state awards.

Golovkin is right-handed, 179 cm tall, 178 cm arm span. Lives and trains in Los Angeles, under the guidance of Jonathon Banks, and works with Eddie Hearn's promotional company, Matchroom Boxing. April 8, Gennady will be 40 years old.

Gennady Golovkin vs Ryota Murata

Ryota Murata

Ryoto Murata, 36, began his professional career in 2013 after winning a gold medal at the London Olympics. In October 2017, he won the WBA middleweight title with an early victory (RTD, round 7) in a rematch over the Frenchman of Nigerian origin, Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam. In October 2018, Ryoto lost the championship belt in a duel against American Rob Brant (UD), but again successfully rematched and regained the title, defeating the "offender" by technical knockout in the 2nd round. In the last fight, 12/23/2019, in Yokohama, Murata defended the title, sorting out in 5 rounds (TKO) with the challenger from Canada, Stephen Butler. In total, the track record of the Japanese boxer has 18 fights in the pro ring (16 wins, including 13 KOs, 2 losses).

Murata is right-handed, height 183 cm, arm span 184 cm. Lives and trains in Tokyo. The interests of the fighter are represented by the Top Rank promotion company.

Gennady Golovkin vs Ryota Murata Fight Prediction

The fighters were preparing to fight in December last year, but due to quarantine restrictions in Japan, Golovkin was not allowed to enter the country. Thus, the downtime of both lasted another 3 months and amounted to 477 days for GGG and 838 for the Japanese. It is difficult to say who was more "harmed" by the postponement, but Murata's "rest" has clearly dragged on, and he will have to return with the most formidable opponent in his career, although Ryoto cannot boast of the big names of previous rivals anyway.

The experience and achievements of Golovkin, of course, make him the clear favorite of the upcoming confrontation, and the only doubtful moment is the level of physical fitness of the age fighter, on which almost all predictions in favor of Murata are based, although he is far from his first youth. In this regard, the emphasis is on the "wear and tear" of the Kazakhstani, who spent almost 2.5 times more fights in the pro ring.

If we discard the “guessing” about the physiological state of “GGG” (his manager, Tom Lefler, assures that Gennady looks like a 30-year-old athlete), then Murata’s chances to cope with Golovkin look frankly illusory. Ryoto perfectly understands the alignment of forces and the futility of competing with the favorite in boxing, so he will try to wear down the opponent with clinches and move the fight into the later rounds, in the hope that Golovkin will sit down and lose his attacking “focus”. If it is possible to bring the case to a judicial decision, then the “native walls” factor may also work. Of course, this alignment will not suit Gennady in any way, and he will do everything to end the fight with an early victory. The veteran has enough motivation - if he wins, he will receive not only championship belts, but also the opportunity to rematch with Canelo Alvarez, announced for September. Install the 1xbet app and place a bet on the favorite!

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