Gennady Golovkin Wins World Title To Set Up Canelo V GGG III

Gennady Golovkin turned back the clock to win a second middleweight world title on Saturday after he defeated Ryota Murata in their bout in Saitama, Japan on Saturday.

The victory means that Golovkin is now a step closer to his dream bout; a trilogy fight against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, rated by many as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet at the minute.

The first fight was a controversial draw, with many feeling that “GGG” had done enough to win the fight.

Canelo won the second fight on the judges scorecards

Golovkin has never accepted that he failed to win either of the bouts.

Boxing Legends But Time Starting To Catch Up To Both

The Kazakhstan future hall of fame boxer is now 40 years of age and it is clear that

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 05: Canelo Alvarez attends the super flyweight division fight between Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez and Julio Cesar Martinez at Pechanga Arena on March 05, 2022 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Golovkin still possesses a large number of the skills that once saw him equal Bernard Hopkins world record of 20 middleweight title defenses.

However, it is also clear that he has lost a little of the pace that he was once famed for, but the power and his redoubtable chin was still very much in evidence in the win over Murata.

The former Champion actually started the fight brightly and was getting the better of things in the opening four rounds, targeting Golovkin’s body.

However, a big right hand in the fifth sent Murata’s mouthguard flying and the Kazakhstan legend took the fight on from there.

The end came in the ninth round when almost immediately, Golovkin landed a great shot and launched an attack on the Japanese fighter. Murata was unsteady but unbowed and tried to fight back, only for Golovkin to land a strong right which put the fighter down.

Having seen their fighter in trouble, the Japanese’s star corner threw in the towel to end the fight and protect their fighter from more punishment.

Huge Payday In A Big Year For Boxing

The prospect of Canelo Alvarez V Gennady Golovkin III is a very enticing one not just for the fighters, but also for boxing fans who have been clamouring for the two to battle it out again for the past four years.

It would also be one of the largest fights in terms of potential earnings for the boxers, with the event likely to set records on pay-per-view.

Before promoters can talk about sorting out the finer details of a rematch, Canelo first has to defeat Dmitry Bivol when they clash at Light Heavyweight on May 7th.

That fight will come just a few weeks after the heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte.

Fury will defend his WBC title against Englishman Whyte at Wembley Stadium, which has been granted a special exemption to increase the capacity to 94,000 for the fight.

The other heavyweight World Champion, Oleksandr Usyk will defend the titles he won against Anthony Joshua on a date reportedly set for late July and possibly in Saudi Arabia.

Usyk had been on the front line in Ukraine battling against Russian troops before he was granted an exception to leave and prepare for the defense of his title belts.

Add to that Jermell Charlo taking on Brian Castano in May and next weekend’s bout between Errol Spence Jr and Yordenis Ugas, it is a huge month for boxing.


FEATURED IMAGE – SAITAMA, JAPAN – APRIL 09: Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan celebrate after defeating Ryota Murata of Japan during their IBF & WBA Middleweight title bout on April 09, 2022 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Toru Hanai/Getty Images)

Author: Paula Dunn