WOW! Gennady Golovkin Eyeing a Massive Unification Fight in 2021

Published 05/26/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 05: Gennady Golovkin is awarded victory in his IBF middleweight title bout against Sergiy Derevyanchenko at Madison Square Garden on October 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)


Gennady Golovkin is looking to remain active in 2021. He has targeted a massive unification bout. Following a successful title defense over Kamil Szeremeta in 2020, it’s time for him to hunt down the bigger names.

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Hence, ‘GGG’ might lock horns with WBA titleholder Ryota Murata on December 31. Nothing is official as of now, but there have been certain developments to the idea. Per World Boxing News’ Dan Rafael, Matchroom Kingpin Eddie Hearn had already revealed the idea during the Canelo vs Saunders fight week.

Besides, it is also reported, Golovkin’s team has already advanced the contractual works with Teiken Promotions, the co-promoter of Ryota Murata. So, the middleweight division can see a big unification clash this year. Although December is the most viable period, the fight can also take place in Summer. Additionally, Golovkin can appear in one more fight before the unification bout.

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The 39-year-old ‘GGG’ has not had lethal competition since facing Canelo Alvarez. Hence, it would be a good decision for him to go up against Murata who will give him a stern test.

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Gennady Golovkin vs Ryoto Murata Preview,

Ryota Murata has had a commendable time in the middleweight division, boasting of the WBA title. The Japanese pugilist, who holds a record of 16-2, has avenged both his losses in the respective re-matches. That said, Murata has beaten everyone he has ever faced.

However, his resume still lacks experience, and GGG’s mighty record of 41-1-1 is still way ahead. But boxing isn’t a game of numbers and Murata will always have his chances to win. Though Gennady Golovkin will suffer some setbacks in height and reach, his sheer experience and activity can play a pivotal role.

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Murata hasn’t fought since defending his title against Steven Butler in December 2019. So, he may need a rust-off fight before going against Golovkin. Nevertheless, Murata’ vs ‘GGG’ will be an important fight for both the men and the entire 160 lbs division.

Do you think GGG can beat Ryota Murata?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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