Gennady Golovkin vs Ryota Murata LIVE REACTION: Stream, TV channel, full card updates for HUGE middleweight bout

Gennady Golovkin vs Ryota Murata LIVE REACTION: Stream, TV channel, full card updates for HUGE middleweight bout

April 9, 2022

GENNADY GOLOVKIN made an incredible comeback to lay Ryota Murata flat on his back in today's main event.

The Kazakh fighter hasn't been in the ring since a 7th-round TKO over Kamil Szeremeta in December – and that was displayed in the earlier rounds.

However, Golovkin, 40, redeemed himself in the ninth round with a lethal right hand which got the job done in Japan.

  • Start time: 1pm
  • TV/Live stream: DAZN
  • Full card RESULTS: Gennady Golovkin bt Ryota Murata, Junto Nakatani bt Ryota Yamauchi – for WBO flyweight title, Shuichiro Yoshino bt Masayuki Ito, Kazuki Anaguchi bt Ryuji Yamamoto, Taiga Kato bt Hiroka Amaki


  • Joshua Mbu

    Money shot

    The fight-ending punch.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Golovkin praises Murata

    After the win, Golovkin expressed his "respect" for Murata on Twitter.

    The 40-year-old has also given his robe to his opponent.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Yes he Can: Golovkin to face Canelo?

    Chinks started to show in Gennady Golovkin's armour DESPITE securing a ninth-round knockout against Ryota Murata.

    The 40-year-old's IBF world middleweight title was on the line, but as was Murata's WBA belt.

    Murata was aggressive and Golovkin, who looked leggy at times, couldn't get going.

    But the momentum changed in round six after Golovkin knocked Murata's gumshield out of his mouth with a vicious overhand right.

    Golovkin's second wind kicked in.

    The shot rocked Murata, who found himself backed up against the ropes.

    As the rounds went on, Golovkin could see victory was near and upped the intensity, knowing his opponent couldn't keep up.

    And in round nine, the 42-1-1 big draw finished the fight with a right hand, knocking Murata to the floor.

    Murata's corner threw the towel in to get their fighter out of there before more damage was done.

    The win potentially sets up a trilogy fight with legendary rival Canelo Alvarez.

    The first time the two met in 2017, the unified WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO, Ring magazine, and lineal middleweight title fight ended a draw.

    But in 2018, Mexican Canelo handed Golovkin his first loss of his professional boxing career.

    Golovkin with Murata after the fightCredit: AFP
  • Joshua Mbu

    Golovkin stops Murata in Round Nine

    Golovkin started the fight slow and it was Murata who controlled the early rounds.

    But the momentum changed in round six and Golovkin – who looked leggy early on – started to dominate.

    Murata simply gassed out and Golovkin's speed was too much for him.

    A big right hand in Round Nine secured the WBA belt for the 40-year-old.

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    Golovkin vs Murata – Round Nine


    Murata is backed up against the ropes and is barely holding on at the moment.

    Golovkin senses the end could be near.

    Another hard right hand by Golovkin… Murata has nothing left in the tank.

    Murata is not in a position to fight back.


    The 40-year-old is the unified middleweight champion of the world.

    Golovkin dominated from Round FiveCredit: AFP
  • Joshua Mbu

    Golovkin vs Murata – Round Eight

    Golovkin has Murata up against the ropes and is landing some powerful punches.

    He lands a good right hand and then follows it up with a left hook.

    No response by Murata.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Golovkin vs Murata – Round Seven

    The body language of Murata is noticeably different.

    Golovkin is having great success with some overhand punches.

    Triple G's second wind has kicked in and his intensity is wearing Murata down.

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    Golovkin vs Murata – Round Six

    Golovkin KNOCKS the gumshield out of Murata's mouth with an overhand right and the referee stops the fight.

    Murata is on the back foot at the moment.

    He has no response to Golovkin's speed.

    It's almost as if the pair have traded places and it's Golovkin's turn to take control.

    Very dominant round from Triple G.

    Golovkin looked leggy in the opening roundsCredit: AFP
  • Joshua Mbu

    Golovkin vs Murata – Round Five

    Golovkin is unloading on Murata in Round Five.

    The 40-year-old is using his jab well and looks in the fight for the first time today.

    He lands an uppercut before capping off the swift move with a left hook.

    Much stronger round from Golovkin.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Golovkin vs Murata – Round Four

    Golovkin puts together a nice combination.

    He lands a body shot before following it up with a left hook.

    Murata is weathering Golovkin's Fourth Round storm at the moment.

    WBA title holder Murata ends the round strong with a few good punches.

    Golovkin still looking a bit tired.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Golovkin vs Murata – Round Three

    Golovkin, who's undoubtedly annoyed with his start, tries to land a nice combination.

    The IBF title holder lands a body shot and then follow it up with an uppercut.

    However, his punches aren't troubling Murata as the moment.

    Golovkin looks a bit leggy.

    Murata lands a nice one-two to Golovkin's body.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Golovkin vs Murata – Round Two

    Golovkin comes out fighting at the start of Round Two.

    The 40-year-old is managing to get up close and personal with Murata.

    The pair exchange some punches in the middle of the ring.

    Murata seems to be targeting Golovkin's body.

    Golovkin lands a good left hook with a minute to go but Murata stands strong.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Golovkin vs Murata – Round One

    Murata starts Round One well.

    The Japan fighter is using his significant reach advantage, keeping Golovkin at distance.

    It has been a really impressive start by Murata, who lands a good hook to the body.

    Golovkin is trying to settle but his opponent isn't letting him.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Golovkin makes his way to the ring

    Here he is. Gennady Golovkin is making his way to the ring.

    The 40-year-old is looking to snatch the WBA title from Murata to go alongside his IBF belt.

    Golovkin only has one loss to his name and that came against the great Canelo Alvarez back in 2018.

    If Golovkin gets through today's fight, will he look to call out Canelo?

    He has one draw and one loss against the Mexican.

    Stick around to find out.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Ring walks happening NOW

    Japan's biggest boxing star, Ryoto Murata, is making his way to the ring inside the Super Arena.

    The WBA title holder, 36, is hoping to claim a big scalp in front of his home crowd.

    Murata has 16 wins to his name with 13 of those coming by knockout… impressive.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Golovkin vs Murata next

    The WBA and IBF world middleweight title fight between Gennady Golovkin and home favourite Ryoto Murata is up NEXT.

    Golovkin has only ever lost ONE bout in his 43-fight career.

    The loss came to the legendary Canelo Alvarez back in 2018.

    Murata has just two losses to his name but has considerably less fights under his belt.

    The Nara-born fighter only has 18 fights to his name.

    Nearly 40,000 people will be inside the Super Arena for this mega fight!

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    'Most important fight'

    Gennady Golovkin has insisted that taking on Ryoto Murata "is the most important fight."

    He said: "Murata is the most important fight. Period. I do not look ahead.

    “I have been fully invested in training for the fight I have in front of me. I have too much respect for Murata and his body of work.

    My focus is on him and winning his title. That is why I am in Japan. I look forward to fighting in a packed arena. I have missed that energy.

    “It is going to be exciting because we both have similar styles of fighting.

    "We are both power punchers, we are aggressive, and we come forward.

    "Diamonds cut diamonds and on Saturday, there will be two diamonds in the ring.

    "It will be a boxing gift to the fans. I expect it to be the fight of the year."

    Golovkin was full of praise for MurataCredit: GETTY
  • Joshua Mbu

    Title defence

    Shuichiro Yoshino defended his lightweight titles against Masayuki Ito.

    And Junto Nakatani made light work of challenger Ryota Yamauchi, stopping him in Round Eight.

    Nakantani defends his WBO flyweight title and also made it SIX knockout victories in a row.

  • Joshua Mbu

    Good afternoon

    Welcome to SunSport's live blog for Gennady Golovkin and Ryoto Murata's world middleweight title fight in Saitama, Japan.

    The 40-year-old is taking on WBA title holder Murata, who is four years his junior.

    Golovkin insists his age won't play a factor in this huge title fight.

    He told PA: "There are advantages and drawbacks that come with age.

    "I see all the changes as positive. I get smarter, I get more experienced and age gives me an additional edge.

    "Time flies and the older you get the faster it goes. I continue to stick to my traditional training approach and when we get in the ring, we’ll see the results.

    I wouldn’t point out any particular goal that I’m still trying to achieve.

    "I’ve achieved a lot and learned a lot during my career. I feel very comfortable in my current position.

    I’ve been in boxing pretty much throughout my entire life. I feel in top form and if there is demand, if there are interesting offers, you’ll continue to see me in the ring."

    The main event ring walk is expected to start at 1.10PM, so don't go anywhere!

    Middleweight IBF world champion Golovkin and middleweight WBA champion MurataCredit: AFP

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