Gennadiy Golovkin and Ryota Murata were scheduled to fight on December 29 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan on DAZN.
However, on December 3, the previously announced fight had to be postponed due to Japan’s reestablishment of strict border restrictions around the recent variant of the Omicron coronavirus.
Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn is getting closer to a solution to finally organize the middleweight unification match between IBF and IBO titlists Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) and WBA champion Murata (16 -2, 13 KB).
âGennadiy Golovkin was to fight Murata in December. It looks like it’s going to be rescheduled for March or April, âHearn told IFL.
Hearn did not say if the plan was to return the fight to Japan, where Murata is a huge draw and a star, and a place Golovkin has long wanted to make headlines.
Golovkin, who turns 40 in April, has fought only once since his October 5, 2019 fight against Sergiy Derevyanchenko – he faced undefeated mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta on December 18, 2020.
Kazakh artist KO scored four knockdowns against undefeated Polish mandatory challenger Kamil Szeremeta en route to a seventh round stoppage.
Murata, 35, has been sidelined for much longer. Murata was the last in the ring on December 23, 2019, when he scored a fifth round TKO against Steven Butler.
In the previous fight in July 2019, Murata avenged his October 2018 unanimous decision loss to Rob Brant and reclaimed the 160-pound belt by stopping Brant via TKO in the second round.
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