Via Jim Calfa: Gennadiy Golovkin removed the final hurdle on the road to a three-part match against Canelo Alvarez by stopping Ryota Murata in the ninth round on Saturday in their IBF & WBA middleweight title elimination in Saitama. , Japan.
After four innings tonight, things were looking bad for Golovkin, as Murata was handling him with his right hand with his head and powerful body shots clearly affecting him.
The GGG we saw in the first four rounds is in no way ready to take on Canelo in September in a three part battle. In the middle of the fight, Golovkin looked a lot better, leading one to believe he could stand a chance against Canelo if he can perform at that level.
Golovkin needs a win against Murata tonight, but that didn’t look good for him at first.
On social networks, boxing fans think that Golovkin has lost the first 4 rounds to Murata, and many of them feel that the Kazakh boxer is on the way to losing the second of his career.
With Golovkin’s 9th round knockout win, he’s now a two-belt champion at 160. He’s poised to lift to 168 to challenge undisputed super-middleweight champion Canelo (57- 1-2, 39 KOs) on September 17, as long as beat WBA 175 lb Champion Dmitry Bivol on May 7.
Much respect to Ryota Murata! You are the champion 🙏🏻 Arigato! pic.twitter.com/5lpUXTv842
– Gennadiy Golovkin (@GGGBBoxing) April 9, 2022
As good as Bivol (19-0, 11 KOs) is looking right now, you almost wish that 31-year-old Canelo would delay that fight until after the trio fight with Golovkin. Unfortunately, there’s a perfect chance Bivol will beat Canelo, ruining DAZN & Matchroom Boxing’s plans for a Canelo-Golovkin three-part match in September on a pay-per-view basis.
The newly turned 40-year-old Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) did what he had to do to overpower Japanese star Murata (16-3, 13 KOs) tonight, injuring him in the round. 6, 8 and then drop him at ninth to get a corner at Saitama Super Arena.
Next month we’ll see if Canelo made the correct decision choosing Bivol to fight for the world title at 175 instead of joining the unification fight winner Artur Beterbiev and Joe. Smith Jr. Casual boxing fans are assuming Canelo will beat Bivol and then meet Golovkin in September. If that’s what happens, then it’s great for the sport.
You have to credit Golovkin for the way he got back into the fight, turning the tide on Murata in the sixth round after hitting him with a mighty right hand to the head that made his mouth clear on the floor. fight.
Referee Loue Pabon gave the injured player a break by immediately stopping action by re-inserting his mouthpiece. That move by Pabon gave Murata time to recover, as he was wounded and beaten with a hammer by Golovkin.
If the referee hadn’t taken that step, Golovkin could have stopped 36-year-old Murata in the sixth round.
Looking at the overall picture of how Golovkin is fighting tonight compared to two bouts with Canelo in 2017 and 2018, he’s lost a lot compared to his match.
Golovkin looks close to 60% of the boxers he was in in his previous two fights with Canelo. In contrast, Canelo looks to have improved by 20% after two games against Golovkin.
The only area where Golovkin looks classic is in the electrical department. When he took shots at Murata in the sixth to ninth rounds, he looked just as powerful as when he was fighting Canelo.
Golovkin has really declined in fitness and body photography. For most of the match, Golovkin was as tired as a dog, and his body language was negative with the way Murata (16-3, 13 KOs) nailed him with mid-shots.
– DAZN boxing (@DAZNBoxing) April 9, 2022
Golovkin’s right-hand strike in the sixth round injured Murata, providing hope that he can find a similar punch against Canelo in September.
Without that kind of firepower, Golovkin would have been knocked out and slowly battered by Canelo the way he did against the British super-middleweights he and his coach/manager Eddy Reynoso selected manually.
It’s too early to say that Canelo-Golovkin III will fight in September as Canelo still has to defeat Dmitry Bivol first on May 7, and that would be a tall order.