Murata Hopes Arum Will Secure Golovkin Showdown in 2018

Last Sunday, Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata of Japan defeated Hassan N'Dam by technical knockout Sunday to capture the "regular" World Boxing Association middleweight title.

The 2012 Olympic champion avenged a controversial points loss to the Frenchman earlier this year with a convincing display in Tokyo, inflicting heavy punishment on N'Dam who failed to come out for round eight.

Their last meeting in May ended acrimoniously after N'Dam won a split decision even though Murata had largely dominated the fight and knocked his opponent down.


Two of the judges were suspended for six months while WBA president Gilberto Mendoza apologised to Murata, saying there were "no words to repair the damage".

With the stoppage of N'Dam, Murata improved his professional record to 13 wins against one loss and 10 knockouts.

While Murata is the "regular" champion, the WBA's "super' middleweight champion is Gennady Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs).

The World Boxing Association is working very hard to eliminate the issue of multiple world champions in various divisions, so at some point they will issue an order that directs Golovkin and Murata to fight in order to establish a single WBA champion at the weight.

Golovkin is the man that Murata wants most in 2018.

"I have strong desire to become the true champion of the world, enriching my worth and reputation. I secured a valuable victory and I strongly desire another. I am able to take the leap into the largest scenarios at a universal level," Murata said.

In a recent interview with, Murata's co-promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, said he was very interested in getting Murata in the ring with GGG in the upcoming year.

Golovkin, who also holds the IBF, IBO, WBC world titles, went to a controversial twelve round draw with Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez last month at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

There are ongoing discussions to do a rematch on Cinco De Mayo weekend, May 5th of next year.

The rematch is not set in stone, and Golovkin is viewed as the favorite if the second fight happens.

Arum and Murata are watching closely to see what happens in the Golovkin-Canelo rematch talks.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by oldyo on 10-26-2017

Murata would probably get smashed by GGG but at least he has already sparred with him at Big Bear back in July 2014 as Gennady trained for Daniel Geale. All I remember Murata saying about the encounter was that "GGG…

Comment by Scary_canary on 10-26-2017

Wba is full of ****.. the regular title was eliminated when ggg fought Jacobs.... they couldn't wait to bring it back and collect those fees....obviously not muratas fault, you get given an opportunity you grab it with Both hands... but…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 10-26-2017

[QUOTE=j.razor;18163498]You fear the spanking Jermall would give lil g. lil g just lost to Jacobs (115-112) & Nelo (116-112). Its on video, watch it on mute & slow motion cuz the punches are too fast for your eyes. Lions Only!![/QUOTE]…

Comment by Satir on 10-26-2017

GGG will fight Canelo in may, then Canelo 3 or Unification in july-september, then rematch Unification or Jacobs 2 in December 2018, in avril-may 2019 there may be some mando's defending against Murata, Charlo or Derevyanchenko

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 10-26-2017

Stay in line.

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