GENNADY GOLOVKIN is back and set to face Ryota Murata in a big middleweight unification match-up.
The Kazakh fighter hasn't been in the ring since a 7th-round TKO over Kamil Szeremeta in December 2020.
And it's been an even longer layoff for Murata, who last fought a year before that against Steven Butler.
- Start time: 1pm
- TV/Live stream: DAZN
- Full card: Gennady Golovkin vs Ryota Murata, Junto Nakatani vs Ryota Yamauchi – for WBO flyweight title, Shuichiro Yoshino vs Masayuki Ito, Kazuki Anaguchi vs Ryuji Yamamoto, Hiroka Amakivs Taiga Kato
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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."
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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.
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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!
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