Gennadiy Golovkin rocks Ryota Murata to tie middleweight title moves closer to Canelo Alvarez’s third fight

Gennadiy Golovkin is getting closer to a long-awaited trilogy fight with Canelo Alvarez.

A day after his 40th birthday, Golovkin clinched a second middleweight title on Saturday at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan when he stopped Ryota Murata in the ninth round.

Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) endured some early bumpy moments but finally turned the tide in round 5 when he blasted Murata’s mouthpiece with one of his vaunted right hands.

The future Hall of Famers began pushing back at Murata while he punished the Japanese star. The first punch Golovkin executed in round 9, a powerful right hand, was the beginning of the end.

Murata (16-3, 13 KOs) was shaky as he tried to survive on the ropes while Golovkin feinted and let go of his hands to look for the shot that ended the fight.

The 36-year-old was able to absorb the attack for a few moments before landing a couple of punches to a seemingly exhausted Golovkin, who then brought Murata down with another right hand, prompting the corner to throw in the towel for the stop win.

https://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/33705271/gennadiy-golovkin-rocks-ryota-murata-unify-middleweight-titles-moves-closer-third-canelo-alvarez-fight Gennadiy Golovkin rocks Ryota Murata to tie middleweight title moves closer to Canelo Alvarez’s third fight

Joel McCord

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