Earlier today the media in Tokyo had the chance to attend a public work out from WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11) [村田 諒太], ahead of his upcoming defense against Rob Brant (23-1, 16).
The work out didn't see Murata sparring at all, but he did look quite sharp on the mitts, as he focused on his technique, specifically for his jab and straight right hand.
He also stated that his weight loss is going well and it seems clear that's not struggling at 160lbs.
Interestingly Murata's promoter Akihiko Honda has also revealed that Murata is still interested in facing off with Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 38), despite Golovkin's recent loss. It seems like Golovkin's name and profile is something that Murata and his team are still excited by, and it is a bout that could potentially take place next year, if Murata comes out on top against Brant as expected.
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This past weekend we saw Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1, 34) suffer his first career loss, losing a razor thin decision to Mexican fighter Saul Alvarez (50-1-2, 34). Following the result Kazakh boxing promoter Alikhan Zharylgapov has suggested that Golovkin's career would be helped by dropping long term trainer Abel Sanchez and linking up with someone else.
The promoter stated "I think that although Golovkin outboxed Canelo, it was not enough for the judges, the main problem is that Sanchez is a supporter of one plan. We saw the final WBSS fight between Gassiyev and Usik in that fight, he could not give elementary advice to his ward, I understand that he instilled something useful in GGG, but now Golovkin needs changes."
The promoter not only criticised Sanchez but suggested there was two obvious choices to replace him. One of those is Gennady's brother Max Golovkin and the other is Roy Jones Jr.
Interestingly Zharylgapov is one of several people to criticise Sanchez and his coaching here, with Russian promoter Vladimir Hryunov and Russian commentator Vladimir Gendlin both expressing belief that Golovkin has done as much as he can with Sanchez.
It's going to be interesting to see if Golovkin stays with his mentor given the criticism that is coming Sanchez's way, though they have had a long and fruitful relationship so far and it would be an odd time to change given that Golovkin is already 36 and it may not help to try and adapt to a new style of training at this stage.
Next month we'll WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-1, 11) [村田 諒太] his belt against mandatory challenger Rob Brant (23-1, 16) in Las Vegas, USA.
Earlier, local time, Murata was working for WOWOW Prime in Japan where he acted as an analyst for the Middleweight world title rematch between Gennady Golovkin and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. The intention for Murata was to face Golovkin at the Tokyo Dome, if he was to come out on top.
Sadly with Alvarez taking the win the dreams of facing Golovkin in Tokyo does seem to have died and his future plans are set to change.
Murata told the press that he had the bout scored 115-113 to Golovkin, and described the fight as being more interesting than the first one between the Mexican and the Kazakh. It seemed clear that he was disappointed by the result.
Murata described his feelings as being similar to how Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥] must have felt following Roman Gonzalez's first loss to Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, a loss that detailed a potential super fight between the Monster and Chocolatito.
Although Murata seems to have every intention to face Alvarez, it does look like the bout will be a harder one to negotiate, and it's unlikely that "Canelo" will be willing to fight at the Tokyo Dome, given his large Mexican fan base. Something that Golovkin seemed willing to do. It also seems likely that Murata will have to wait longer to get Alvarez in the ring than he would have had to wait to face the more active Golovkin.
Interestingly a bout between Murata and Golovkin isn't totally out of the question, but has certainly lost a good part of the allure it previously had.
On Saturday we'll see WBC and WBA "Super" Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (38-0-1, 34) have his long awaited rematch with Mexican boxing superstar Saul Alvarez (49-1-2, 34). On Friday evening the two men took part in their weigh in, and it was a fiery one that came worryingly close to boiling over into a brawl, despite both men making the weight comfortably.
Originally Alvarez was announced to the scales, though seemed to refuse being weighed in first. This resulted in a bit of a pause before Golovkin jumped on the scales and weighed in at 159.6lbs, comfortably under the limit. Despite being light on the scales he looked in great shape, and looked much healthier than he had at some of the press conferences earlier in the week. He not only looked in good condition but seemed very relaxed and relaxed and confident. It was as if he was finally getting a moment he had been waiting a year for.
Canelo finally got on the scales after Golovkin and weighed in at 159.4lbs, also comfortably under the limit. Unlike Golovkin however he seemed nervy, frustrated and angry. He went towards a potential face off with his head low, and within seconds a brawl almost erupted on stage with the two teams pushing each other. It was close to exploding into something a bit sinister and the genuine hatred was etched on the face of the Mexican.
After the teams were pulled apart both fighters were given time to talk to the press. Golovkin was happy to turn the knife on his man, calling him a clown. He seemed relaxed and it was even more obvious that Golovkin was wanting to not only fight tomorrow, but wanted to hurt Alvarez. When it Alvarez's turn to be interviewed he looked jittery, worried and unhappy. It could have been nervous energy, but he did not look like he wanted to be there, and whilst "scared" would be going too far he certainly looked uncomfortable.
With all the pre-fight formalities over and done with we won't see the men together until they get in the ring, and given how they were today we suspect we're in for something very special.
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