When Is Gennady Golovkin’s Next Fight?: Date, Venue, and Opponent

Published 09/28/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 08: Gennady Golovkin of Kazakhstan warms up for his fight against Steve Rolls of Canada before their Super Middleweights fight at Madison Square Garden on June 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)


Gennady Golovkin’s return fight was in contention for a long time. Earlier, it was speculated that he might have to defend his IBF and IBO middleweight title against any mandatory challenger. But now, the middleweight stalwart will enter the ring for a massive showdown against the WBA champ, Ryota Murata. But when and where will this duo collide?

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Per Bad Left Hook, Golovkin and Murata will touch gloves with each other on December 28 in Japan. This will be their first and last fight of 2021.

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The last time ‘GGG’ fought under the big lights was in December 2020. He locked horns with his mandatory challenger, Kamil Szeremeta.

As expected, the fight went in Golovkin‘s favor, as his oppressive fight style was too much to handle. ‘GGG’ knocked Szeremeta down in rounds one, two, four, and seven. After this round, the referee and Szeremeta’s team stopped the fight to save the challenger from further damage.

This bout showcased the brilliant fight IQ of Golovkin, who took no time to launch his scathing attacks on the Polish fighter.

After this fight, the fans shared a common notion of seeing ‘GGG’ fight his rival Canelo Alvarez in a trilogy. However, it didn’t happen as Alvarez had his eyes set on all four belts at 168 lbs.

Should Gennady Golovkin fight for the undisputed middleweight championship?

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Golovkin is rightly advancing his career in the middleweight frame. His fight with Murata will give him an opportunity to claim his third belt at this weight class. Also, if he gets past the Japanese boxing champ, the 39-year-old might go on to challenge Jermall Charlo or Demetrius Andrade in unification bouts.

LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 14: WBC/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on September 13, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Canelo Alvarez in a rematch on September 15 at T-Mobile Arena. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

This may be his best option to be a champion, as even if he moves up to 168, there is no guarantee of an Alvarez fight. This is because the p4p king has hinted at a light heavyweight move.

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That said, Golovkin’s December 28 fight will be worth the watch as it will play a huge part in him deciding what’s next.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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