Everything You Need To Know Ahead GGG's Ring Return Against Ryota Murata

Where? When? How To Watch? We've got you covered ahead Golovkin's first boxing match in 16 months
06:55, 07 Apr 2022

Gennadiy Golovkin is bringing the ‘Big Drama Show’ to Japan this weekend when he puts his IBF middleweight strap on the line against WBA world champion, Ryota Murata. Here’s everything you need to know about GGG’s long-awaited return to the ring…

Where: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.

When: Saturday, 9th April. 

How To Watch: The card will be streamed live on DAZN in over 200 countries across the globe. The main card is scheduled to begin at 10:10am in the UK, with the main event ringwalks scheduled for 13:10pm. Timings are subject to change due to the length of the undercard bouts.

Tale of the Tape:


Place Of Birth: Karaganda, Kazakhstan

Age: 39 

Alias: GGG

Record: 41-1-1 (36)

Height: 5’10½’’ 

Reach: 70’’ 

Stance: Orthodox

Last Fight: It’s been 16 months since we last saw ‘GGG’ in action, stopping the previously undefeated Kamil Szeremeta in seven rounds in Hollywood, dropping him four times along the way to retain his IBF strap. 


Place Of Birth: Nara, Japan

Age: 36

Alias: N/A

Record: 16-2 (13)

Height: 6’0½’’

Reach: 75’’

Stance: Orthodox

Last Fight: Murata has been inactive even longer than Golovkin, having last been seen in the ring at the end of 2020. The Japanese star outgunned and stopped Canada’s Steven Butler.

Ryota Murata
Ryota Murata

What They Say:

Golovkin: "I am really excited to be bringing the Big Drama Show to Japan, a country where boxing is very popular. Ryōta Murata has been an outstanding champion. It is going to be a special night when we meet in the ring to unify our titles. We are going to give the fans a great fight. 

"He is a former Olympic champion, he is the current WBA super champion, he is the hero of his country, he represents Japanese values, Japanese traditions and he is working with an outstanding promoter. The fights in Japan are always unpredictable - another reason that makes the fight more interesting."

Murata: “I feel that my entire amateur and professional boxing career has been a preparation for this fight against Gennady Golovkin. This fight will determine my place in the middleweight division and boxing history…to me, he is still undefeated.

Full Fight Card (Subject to change):

Gennady Golovkin vs Ryota Murata, IBF, IBO and WBA middleweight titles

Junto Nakatani vs Ryota Yamauchi, WBO flyweight title

Shuichiro Yoshino vs Masayuki Ito

Kazuki Anaguchi vs Ryuji Yamamoto

Hiroka Amaki vs Taiga Kato

Betfred Odds (Subject to change):

Golovkin: 2/11

Draw: 25/1

Murata: 4/1

Betfred's Golovkin vs Murata Fight Odds*

*18+ | BeGambleAware

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