Via Jim Calfa: Gennadiy Golovkin will battle one of the strongest boxers of his career on Saturday night against knockout boxer Ryota Murata in a middleweight unification match on April 9 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Golovkin-Murata battle card to be streamed live on DAZN on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. ET.
At single punch power, 160-lb WBA champion Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) might even be a bigger puncher than Canelo Alvarez. However, he does not have the hand speed or counterattack ability like the Mexican star.
IBF middleweight champion Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) can’t afford to go against Murata as he did in his last three bouts with Kamil Szeremeta, Sergiy Derevyanchenko and Steve Rolls if he wants to raise his hand. at the end of the match.
Golovkin needs to use his old style
Disappointingly, boxing fans haven’t seen a similar ‘Drama show’ fighting style from Golovkin since his questionable 12th round loss to Canelo Alvarez. .
That fighting style made Golovkin so successful, and of course, it made him a worldwide superstar.
For 40 year old Golovkin to defeat Murata, he has to bring back some old “Mexican Style” that he used in the past.
Former Coach of GGG Abel Sanchez has voiced his views on why Golovkin hasn’t looked good in his recent fights, saying he made the mistake of changing up his successful fighting style by becoming a martial artist. more boxer.
For Golovkin to abandon the cautious fighting style he has used since two games against Canelo Alvarez might be improbable at this stage in his career.
Gennadiy seems to have settled into his own way after getting a hybrid Mayweather-esque fighting style in his two matches against Canelo Alvarez in 2017 and 2018.
It’s understandable why Golovkin would use that style to counter Canelo’s counter punch, but it didn’t work for him in those fights, nor did it suit Gennady in three of his skirmishes. he.
Golovkin would have been better off if he kept the original all-out fighting style he used in the past, as it doesn’t do any good when he converts his style into a boxer.
“I think he try to be a boxer, try to be a technician [has hurt Golovkin],” Sanchez told Fight Hub TV. “Gennadiy is not the Gennadiy of old.
“It will be an uphill battle for Gennadiy. He will win, but it won’t be easy,” said Sanchez in predicting a tough win for Golovkin over Murata.
Murata predicts victory
“It is an honor to share the ring with the great champion Gennadiy Golovkin,” stood Ryota Murata. Japan-Forward. “I am extremely excited to be a part of this historic middleweight title unification battle in Japan.
“On April 9, victory will be mine, and Japan will have a unified middleweight world champion,” said 36-year-old Murata.
Murata will have a sizable crowd on his side on Saturday night at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, and if Golovkin chooses to keep boxing instead of going to war, he could lose.
Sanchez is 100% right about Golovkin ruining his fight by becoming a boxer, which doesn’t suit him as he is not fast or light enough on his feet like successful boxers. public usually have.
“He [Ryota Murata] Haven’t had a chance to face a fighter of my level or see the boxing that I will be performing. At the same time, I don’t want to diminish his victory. I don’t want to say anything bad about the people he prevailed over. And the fact that in his rematches he avenged both defeats speaks volumes,” Gennadiy Golovkin told. Yahoo Sports News about his Ryota Murata on Saturday night.