The fight between Gennady Golovkin and Ryota Murata has mixed opinions among boxing experts. The Kazakh will have a big test in the unification fight against the World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion this Saturday at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The trend is divided between those who say that the power of “GGG”, IBF champion, will be too much for Murata and those who say that his 40 years of age will weigh against the local fighter.
Golovkin comes in on a three-fight winning streak after suffering the only loss of his career to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September 2018. Since then he has defeated Steve Rolls, Sergiy Derevyachenko and Kamil Zseremeta.
Although Golovkin has not looked at his best, especially against Derevyachenko, who he had to battle to win the fight. From that string of fights comes the doubts of some skeptics who believe the veteran could be surprised by Murata.
However, the Kazakhstan native’s immense punching power remains, his accuracy remains, and he has proven to be a disciplined, hard-working athlete, as evidenced by the extraordinary physical shape he has been in since arriving in Japan this week.
Golovkin wants to remind the world what he is capable of and that his devastating pace is still there. Fighting as a visitor is a minor consideration for a fighter who has won in many countries around the world and who does not shrink on any stage. Now all that’s left is to remind the skeptics that his name and his class carry weight.