Via Sean Jones: Gennadiy Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) puts Canelo Alvarez in the inevitable position of facing him in September after the Kazakh fighter removed the final hurdle to get his revenge match by stopping WBA middleweight belt Ryota Murata in the ninth round on Saturday night in Saitama, Japan.
Golovkin, 40, was in for a bit of awe tonight with how Murata (16-3, 13 KOs) got off to a quick start from the start at Saitama Super Arena, unleashing powerful body shots and stellar execution. GGG support mission.
Golovkin’s powerful stab coupled with his unreal accuracy turned the fight around from the fifth round, allowing him to take control of the fight against WBA champion ‘Super’ Murata.
GGG can’t miss!
Golovkin had 257 shots out of 629, for a rate of 41%. For his part, Murata made 144 of 592 punches, achieving a 24% connection rate.
Where things started to go awry for Murata was when Golovkin attacked early in the fifth inning. He delivered some massive headers that seemed to stun Murata, putting him on the defensive for the first time in the game.
Much respect to Ryota Murata! You are the champion 🙏🏻 Arigato! pic.twitter.com/5lpUXTv842
– Gennadiy Golovkin (@GGGBBoxing) April 9, 2022
Until then, Murata has been the one going forward, attacking 40-year-old Golovkin relentlessly with shots to the body, some of which occasionally go astray.
The massive crowd of supporters of Murata helped the Japanese boxer fight with more energy than he could possibly have, as he was sometimes reckless, stepping into heavy blows and jabs. strongly from Golovkin.
Murata’s wildness further improved him in the ninth round when he hit a massive left hook, and Golovkin countered it with his right hand straight into the Japanese star’s head.
The punch rotated Murata around completely before he fell onto the canvas after barely dodging the left-handed blow from the ill-intentioned Golovkin.
Ryota’s corner has no other choice
Then, Murata’s corner got it right by throwing the white scarf in surrender instead of waiting to see if their boxer would return.
It would be a bad idea if Murata kept fighting because Golovkin would finish him off in no time.
Given Murata’s resistance to punches from the sixth round, there was no way he would have survived if he had climbed off the tarp and shot it one last brave shot to win.
– DAZN boxing (@DAZNBoxing) April 9, 2022
After the battle, Golovkin showed pure class by giving Murata his beautiful walking cloak. You could tell that Murata was moved by Golovkin’s gesture of kindness.
Golovkin’s rusty ring after a 16-month break shows a long time tonight, when his fitness wasn’t there, and he looked tired for most of the game.
Interestingly, there was no moment in the fight where Golovkin looked untired, which is not a good thing. It made the bout more difficult than it should have been for him.
The beginning of the end
Golovkin changed things up in the sixth installment, using more boxing, being more elusive, and nailing Murata with powerful shots. One of the right-hand strokes that Golovkin had tagged Murata had his mouth rowing.
Before the referee could intervene to stop action, Golovkin delivered a few more powerful punches to the injured Murata.
In the end, that punch proved to be a game changer for the 2004 GGG Olympic silver medalist, as Murata stopped throwing punches most of the time and went on the defensive for the rest of the match.
Murata’s bell was ringing and without it to continue fighting as he did in the first four innings.
It would have been great if Murata had kept pushing Golovkin because we’ve seen one of the best survival fights of its kind, but unfortunately all of the skirmishes were taken down by the Japanese star. collapsed from the right arm he held in the sixth inning. .
– DAZN boxing (@DAZNBoxing) April 9, 2022
Canelo (57-1-2, 39 KOs) has shelved his third match against Golovkin for the eons, and now he has no choice but to face him again.
Of course, Canelo still has to overcome his own hurdles against WBA lightweight champion Dmitry Bivol to take on Golovkin in September.
Judging by how hard Canelo put in his last two games against 168-lb paper champs Caleb Plant and Billy Joe Saunders, it’s likely he lost to Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs).
The boxing world will drag Canelo to win that fight, because they want to see him face GGG again, but this is a sport.
Bivol also wants to win, and he’s a natural light heavyweight, not a dwarf like Canelo, who has slowly progressed to the weight division. Sean Jones watched Canelo lose to Bivol.
This guy is a much better boxer than the newspaper champs Canelo has beaten for the past four years, and don’t think he’s ready for an elite talent like this.