Via Dan Ambrose: Gennadiy Golovkin will answer many questions this Saturday night about how much of his power and formidable skills he has left when he takes on Ryota Murata in a 12th round fight on DAZN.
Will Golovkin still have enough to overcome this final hurdle to land the long-awaited trilogy against Canelo Alvarez?
Chances are Murata (16-2, 13 KOs) will knock Golovkin down in defeat on Saturday night and permanently destroy his dream of a rubber match with Canelo.
That fight would have been a golden parachute for Golovkin, a day’s paycheck that finally gave him a light berth in his retirement years. Murata gets in Golovkin’s way and poses a formidable threat to his dream third showdown with Alvarez.
Advertiser Eddie Hearn is concerned about whether “the element of fear” That was once for the IBF middleweight champion Golovkin (41-1-1, 36 KOs) who has disappeared with age and inactivity.
As Hearn quite accurately pointed out, Murata picked the perfect time to fight Golovkin, when he took an extended break from work and a series of side gigs.
Golovkin will turn 40 this Friday, April 8 and he has not played a direct opponent since the October 2019 match against Sergiy Derevyanchenko.
It was supposed to be a relatively easy match for Golovkin, but it turned out to be his toughest match since his fierce fight with Kassim Ouma in 2011.
“I think this is a really dangerous and difficult fight on many different levels,” Hearn told DAZN . boxing show about Gennadiy Golovkin’s fight against Ryota Murata.
You can feel the anxiety in Hearn, as this fight for Golovkin is also very important to him. The third Canelo-Golovkin fight will likely be the biggest of the year, more prominently the Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte.
“If you are going to fight Gennadiy Golovkin, this is the time to do it. Has the element of fear evaporated from Gennadiy Golovkin? ”
Of course, Hearn is 100% correct. Murata is a brutal fight for Golovkin because he is a keen learner, finding the flaws he sees in his opponents and capitalizing on them.
In Golovkin’s most challenging battles against Canelo, Kassim Ouma and Sergiy Derevyanchenko, he struggled as his opponent aimed for his body, moving forward to squeeze him and unleashing a lot of punches.
Murata can do all of that better than Ouma, Canelo and Derevyanchenko. Know that, if Golovkin doesn’t fix the holes in his game, Murata could set him up for a bitter defeat on Saturday night.
Let’s be honest here. Golovkin was extremely lucky to have Derevyanchenko win the decisive round 12 of their match in October 2019. Golovkin should have lost that match, but the referees gave him halftime with the score. their generosity in the competition.
Murata will use everything he’s learned from Derevyanchenko against Golovkin on Saturday night, and he can take him down with body shots.
It is safe to say that Golovkin will be out of luck in scoring this time as the competition is taking place in Murata’s hometown in Japan, so there will be no repeat of what we saw three years ago in the decision. his gift against Derevyanchenkoo .
“This is a very inactive Gennadiy Golovkin,” says Hearn. “What is left of Gennadiy Golovkin? Power is the last thing to go. Will the foot start to slow down? Will he get hit more because he’s been beaten quite a lot? ”
“If we see an elemental Gennadiy Golovkinthe undisputed super-middleweight trio between Canelo and GGG is a monster,” said Hearn.
We haven’t seen a “top Gennadiy Golovkin” since his match against Dominic Wade in 2016. It was Golovkin’s last A-match, and unfortunately, everything since It was a long string of disappointing attempts.