Golovkin, Promoter Intrigued By Idea of Fighting Murata in Japan

By Keith Idec

CARSON, California – If Gennady Golovkin fights an opponent other than Canelo Alvarez next, his most profitable option probably would require a transpacific trip.

Tom Loeffler, Golovkin’s promoter, and Bob Arum, Ryota Murata’s co-promoter, have discussed the possibility of Golovkin traveling to Japan to meet Murata in what would be a huge fight in Murata’s homeland.

Murata is immensely popular in Japan and could help Golovkin earn more than he would make for fights against either of his two undefeated mandatory challengers – Ukraine’s Sergiy Derevyanchenko (IBF) and Houston’s Jermall Charlo (WBC) – a rematch with Daniel Jacobs or even a middleweight title unification fight versus WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders.


The 32-year-old Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), a gold medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, also owns the WBA world middleweight title. The WBA recognizes Golovkin as its true, “super” champion at 160 pounds.

“I think there’s a lot of opportunities for Gennady,” Loeffler said after Golovkin knocked out Vanes Martirosyan in the second round late Saturday night at StubHub Center. “You know, Murata’s really one of those guys who’s really blazing a trail, selling out arenas in Japan, getting tremendous ratings on television in Japan. He’s the WBA mandatory and that would be a tremendous fight as well.”

Arum told last month that a Golovkin-Murata match could sell out the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome, where James “Buster” Douglas recorded his legendary upset of Mike Tyson in February 1990 (

While the Murata matchup would be an attractive alternative, Loeffler conceded that rescheduling the rematch between Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 KOs) and Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) is what Golovkin wants most in the aftermath of Alvarez’s performance-enhancing drug scandal.

Loeffler plans to speak soon with Golden Boy Promotions president Eric Gomez regarding rescheduling a second bout between Golovkin and Alvarez, whose six-month suspension caused him to withdraw from their rematch April 3. They were supposed to fight Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where they battled to a controversial draw September 16.

Golovkin instead demolished Martirosyan (36-4-1, 21 KOs) in the second round.

“I think there’s a lot of different options,” Loeffler said. “As Gennady said, the biggest fight is with Canelo. But now it seems like the middleweight division has opened up and it actually seems like these guys wanna fight Triple-G. You know, before they would scatter for the hills.”

Murata, meanwhile, could be headed toward a title defense against Esquiva Falcao (20-0, 14 KOs) if he can’t lure Golovkin over to Japan for his next fight. Murata barely beat Brazil’s Falcao, 14-13, in the middleweight gold-medal match 5½ years ago in London.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by aboutfkntime on 05-09-2018

Hypekin is [B]LITERALLY[/B] ducking his way to Hopkins record :lol1:

Comment by aboutfkntime on 05-09-2018

Team Bullsh1t have obviously discussed Murata already lol here is Dirty Sanchez spilling the beans, as usual listen to Sanchez stammer and stutter as he tries to think of an answer to the question..... why do you want to fight…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 05-09-2018

[QUOTE=Vnecaxa;18751488]GGG would probably make as much money, if not more, if he fights Murata in Japan or BJS in the UK. Forget GingerBalls and leave him to the Charlos, Jacobs or Dever of the world.[/QUOTE] could you sound any more…

Comment by Vnecaxa on 05-08-2018

GGG would probably make as much money, if not more, if he fights Murata in Japan or BJS in the UK. Forget GingerBalls and leave him to the Charlos, Jacobs or Dever of the world.

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 05-08-2018

Loeffler looking to get GGG paid I see. They said on the broadcast GGG told Loeffler he wanted to fight 3 times this year so if he gets Canelo or Saunders in september, a Murata fight on NYE in Japan…

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