By: Sean Crose
He defeated every man he had ever met in the ring. Even two opponents who happened to defeat him had to taste defeat in the end when they fought the man for the second time. Out of his 16 wins, only 3 went far. At thirty-six, he’s still young. Moreover, the man is holding a world title in the middle weight category. Make no mistake about it, Ryoto Murata is a successful professional boxer. Now, on the cusp of the biggest battle of his career, Murata braced himself to face none other than Gennady Golovkin, the legendary GGG himself.
Of course, attention is on Golovkin, who hasn’t seen action in over a year. It’s Golovkin, after all, who will most likely have a third bout with arch-rival Canelo Alvarez if he’s the best Murata in the ring. Golovkin will also be a better known fighter when he takes to the ring this Saturday at Japan’s Saitama Super Arena. However, Murata, like Golovkin, will come through the ring this weekend as a world titleholder. It will also be Murata, not Golovkin, the IBF world champion athlete, who will fight head-to-head against his countrymen.
However, the Tokyo-based slugger is one gentleman too much to engage in the kind of trash talk that is all too common (and pervasive) in today’s combat world. “It is an honor to share the ring with the great champion Gennady Golovkin,” JAPAN Quote from Murata. “I am extremely excited to be a part of this historic middleweight title fight in Japan. On April 9, victory will be mine and Japan will have a unified middleweight world champion. For sure, the winner of this weekend’s bout will own both the WBA and IBF world middleweight belts.
However, Golovkin, like Murata, performed as a sportsman in the lead before Saturday’s pitch. “I would like to express my gratitude to the organizers from Japan for their hard work and full support for the upcoming reunification war,” he said, via JAPAN. “Ryota Murata is an outstanding champion. I believe boxing fans from this beautiful country and around the world will be witnessing a fascinating event. I look forward to returning to the ring and bringing the Big Drama Show to Japan. ”
However, all the good in the world can’t erase the fact that Murata and Golovkin are pure warriors and that the fireworks will likely be in order after the opening bell rings at Saitama Super Arena on Saturday. The match offers fans a chance to witness an action-packed battle – and it offers a chance of a lifetime for a Ryot Murata.