GGG out of the ring for 1 year and 4 months, Murata even inactive for 2 years and 4 months.
Defending middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin turns 40 this Friday, but even at this age he still has big plans and isn’t ready to retire, particularly with at least two significant fights left.
“Today I turn 40 but I feel good and I don’t feel any different from yesterday or even a year ago. I will keep fighting as long as I feel good and can train hard to fight at the level I demand of myself,” Golovkin said. “By living a healthy lifestyle, I still feel good and strong today, like I did when I was at my best.”
The first of those big fights is a middleweight title defense. And not only a title defense but also a title unification. Gennadiy Golovkin will defend his IBF title in a world title unification match tomorrow, Saturday, April 9th, at the ‘Saitama Super Arena’ in Saitama, Japan, against WBA Super Champion Ryota Murata of Japan, who only was born a few kilometers from Saitama.
IBF & IBO Champion Gennady Golovkin
The fight was originally scheduled to take place on December 29 last year, at the same arena, but was postponed in early December due to the surge in the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Japan.
In contrast to Gennadiy Golovkin, who was officially in the ring for the last time on December 18, 2020, during his last title defense against Poland’s Kamil Szeremeta (KO victory RD 7) and that is exactly 1 year and 4 months of inactivity, Ryota Murata stood no longer in the ring!
Tomorrow’s Golovkin’s opponent, Japan’s Ryota Murata, had a hiatus from fighting that lasted a year longer than GGG’s. Murata was last in the ring when he defended his world title against Steven Butler of the United States on December 23, 2019. That’s 2 years and 4 months of inactivity. By the way, Murata won the fight against Butler by a tKO victory in the 5th round.
Actually, one could speak of a double comeback in this title unification fight, in which one opponent only gets back into the ring after a period of 2 years and 4 months and the other opponent was inactive for 1 year and 4 months.