IBF Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin will make a long awaited return to the boxing ring against WBA “Super” middleweight champion Ryota Murata on the 28th of December in Kobe Japan.
Golovkin has struggled to get fights which has led to a huge period of inactivity. Since signing with DAZN, his biggest fight has been his unanimous decision victory over Sergei Derevyanchenko. Fighting Murata is not really a big fight per say when comparing the GGG in the ring with Jermall Charlo, Demetrius Andrade, Canelo Alvarez, David Benavidez, Chris Eubank Jr. or Daniel Jacobs.
GGG has fought just thrice since losing to Canelo Alvarez in their rematch back in 2018 defeating Steve Rolls, then Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the IBF title and defended it ones against Kamil Szeremeta.
2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Murata, has been away from the ring and boxing public since 2019. He was last seen knocking out Steve Butler in the fifth round to defend his WBA title.
GGG and Murata have been inactive for a very long time, which will affect the appeal for this fight adding to the fact that GGG is levels ahead of Murata. Hardcore boxing fans will have issues accepting to pay for the fight, which is another issue for DAZN, who signed him up for only big fights.
Canelo Alvarez has been making the paths that GGG has failed to follow since that rematch and will only be able to catapult himself into a possible big fight, if he takes big fights